The Johnson Art Center is central to the lives and learning of Purnell students. Classes in the Studio Arts Center cover a wide range of media including: drawing, painting, graphic design, illustration, digital photography, fashion and jewelry design, ceramics, and sculpture.
Students who are applying to college art programs are mentored through the portfolio development process and their works of art are photographed at Purnell. Art students from Purnell have attended all of the top art and design college programs in the U.S.
Every April, the Studio Arts department sponsors the E.B. Osborne Artist in Residence Weekend at the Purnell campus. Artists from many disciplines come to the Purnell School to share their journeys as creative artists and to conduct workshops for our students. This annual event is much anticipated by the students.