In Upper School, the Fine Arts are considered to be an integral component in a student’s education. All students have opportunities for learning experiences in music, art, and drama. Through opportunities in the fine arts students develop self-assurance, cooperative leadership skills, appreciation for other cultures, and self-esteem.
Art courses are designed to develop skills necessary to implement the elements and principles of design in a variety of projects. Students are introduced to a variety of techniques and mediums in each of the areas of ceramics, computer graphic design, digital film-making, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and weaving. Courses are also available in AP Studio Art, Art History, Broadcast Production, Film Appreciation, and Yearbook.
The overall goal for Music is to further student knowledge and appreciation of music. Choral singing offers a unique opportunity for students to develop both their singing voices and musical abilities. Additionally, the fundamentals of music help students further their understanding of proper vocal techniques while singing a variety of music from the standard choral repertoire.
As Musical Theater students prepare for their yearly musical, they learn the elements of choreography, solo and choral singing, staging, set and costume design, makeup, publicity, and problem solving. In the Drama class, emphasis is placed on developing creative expression and confidence through participation in individual and group pantomimes, short skits, improvisations, and one-act plays. A course in Music Theory is also available.