“I have always been passionate about drawing and visual arts and never imagined I’d have as many opportunities as I had at Park. The arts department offers a balance of instruction and autonomy to explore your own style of art, and there is such versatility in the class offerings. The faculty was always supportive and constantly encouraged me to expand my horizons. During my junior year, I proposed to do an Independent Study in animation. Both the department and administration were supportive and I am grateful to have had that time to explore my passion as one of my classes.”
— Jayme Brodie ’17
Maryland Institute College of Art
At Park, the arts are an essential part of our daily lives. They frame our experience of the world, serve as vehicles for personal expression, and enhance our exploration of history, culture, and heritage. Our students experience the arts as painters, actors, dancers, and musicians, as audience members, critics, and teachers. Art is often part of teaching and learning in other subjects. Art is everywhere in the school.
In Kindergarten through eighth grade, a sequenced and developmental program in visual and performing arts emphasizes expression, design thinking, creativity, and skill mastery. In the Upper School, the arts program provides opportunities for advanced study and accomplishment in several art disciplines.
Special programs and performances bring artists to our community. An Exhibitions Program brings several shows by visiting artists of national reputation to the school each year. Students in all grades meet and work with local and national artists, create works of art that address similar themes, and hang their pieces in a complementary exhibition.
Residencies and assemblies, along with trips to museums, theaters, concert halls, and studios provide additional opportunities for students to learn from visual artists, musicians, dancers, and actors.
The Wyman Arts Center houses facilities for performing and visual arts for all divisions. This 3-story, 44,500 square foot facility includes:
Visual Arts: one 60-75-minute class per week
Music: two classes per week (Orff, Kodaly, Delcroze, and an instrumental music exploratory)
Options: Chorus, Strings, Jazz Band, Soundwaves—Grades 4 and 5, Concert Band—Grade 5 only, vocal and instrumental music—after-school group lessons and individual lessons
Faculty: two full-time and three part-time music and art teachers
Grades 6 and 7—Visual Arts and Theater in semester rotation; classes meet three times per week. Music ensembles (Chorus, Concert Band, and String) meet twice a week all year.
Grade 8—Visual Arts, Music, and Theater electives; students elect one course per semester, which meets four times per week.
Ensemble Options: Advanced Chorus, Concert Band, String Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble
Vocal and Instrumental Music lessons are available through after-school music
Faculty: three full-time and one part-time music, art, and theater teachers
Four semesters are required for graduation.
Drawing, Painting, Design Thinking, Figure Drawing, Graphic Design, Surface Design, Photography, Digital Photography, 21st Century Makers, Film, Film History, Online Design, Metalwork, Woodworking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Art History, Junior Portfolio, and Senior Studio
Accelerated Music Theory, Music Technology, Music Performance, Beatz, Guitar and Ukelele, Electronics for Musicians, Rhythm Workshop, Social Justice Songs, Acoustics, Women in Poetry and Song, Audio Production, String Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Parksingers, Eightnotes, Vocal Chords, Madrigals; Modern Music Band, Fall, Winter, and Spring Theatrical Productions, Acting, Advanced Acting, Improv, Set Design, Directing, Keyboarding, Radio Production, and Podcasting
Faculty: six full-time and four part-time music, art, film, and theater teachers
“While the facilities are beautiful, the real star of the Park arts department is without a doubt, the faculty. Throughout my years there, they constantly supported me and pushed me to try new things. The teachers see the best in every student, and work to coax it out. No matter what I was working on, I always felt motivated to keep exploring. Without their enduring support and encouragement, I would never have had the confidence to venture into art at all.”
— Nikita Shtarkman ’16
Johns Hopkins University