Caroline Northrop

‚ÄčWelcome to the AHES Visual Art Program!


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Challenge Art selection letters were mailed on Friday, October 11.  Detailed information about the Challenge Art program and its selection process can be found below.
If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me! 

Important Ongoing Information for Art

*Your child will need a smock for Art Class

I recommend that all students in grades K through 6 keep smocks at school to protect their clothing—but there’s no need to go out and make a purchase! Any oversized, short-sleeved shirt will do.

*Donating Materials to the Art Room

A big thank-you to those of you who have generously donated all kinds of supplies to my classroom over the years!  At this time, I can use the following: disinfecting wipes (for the tables), child-appropriate magazines, and newspaper.

*Parent Volunteers

I have always been very lucky to have amazing parent volunteers who have helped to prepare our Spring Art show each June.  If you are interested in helping out this year, please email me.  I also welcome any parents who are artists to come in and share their talents with the students!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 732-291-2020 x1020, or

Thank you!

Ms. Northrop, AHES Art Teacher


Challenge Art Program

The AHES Challenge Art Program offers advanced art classes with an exclusive focus on traditional fine art skills and techniques--realistic rendering, contour drawings, dimension through value, proportions, etc.  (Other art forms--such as abstract art, comics and cartooning, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, etc.--are explored in depth throughout the year in Art class.)  All students are evaluated for Challenge Art during the first few weeks of school, with drawing exercises designed to assess their skill levels.  Students must demonstrate an exceptional quality of work above and beyond grade level in order to be admitted to the class.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this program. 


Creative Links

Many of our greatest museums offer children and teens a variety of educational resources in the arts, from online slideshows to downloadable creative activities:

National Gallery of Art

The Museum of Modern Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council,
which has rotating art exhibits right here in our town as well as providing an annual FREE summer art camp for kids