Upper School Arts
Photo Credit: Isabella Zemella '13
Upper School graduation requirements include 1 1/2 credits in the Fine Arts, distributed between both the visual and performing arts. There are two Upper School instrumental groups the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble. Four vocal groups the Bonnies, the Scotsmen, the Varsity Singers and the All-American singers provide additional opportunities for musical performance. Upper School dramatic productions include plays, musicals and one act play series. Music and drama appreciation courses are also offered for non-performers. Saint Andrew's recognizes that many performing arts rely on collaboration. Cooperation and teamwork, so students are allowed amply studio and theater rehearsal time. The School is blessed to have Andrews Hall - The Center for Performing Arts as its home base for all student performances.
In the Visual Arts, Upper School students begin their study with a course titled Foundations in Art. From there they may select studio courses that include Drawing, Design, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography, Digital Darkroom, technology based courses in graphic design, and higher level courses in Drawing Honors, Portfolio Honors, Advanced Placement Studio Art, and IB Art. Students are also offered Advanced Placement Art History. Qualified students may elect to further explore the visual arts through independent study. The Domenico Mazzone Visual Arts Building houses an art history classroom with resources that consist of an extensive slide collection, art reproductions, books, and periodicals. Other facilities include, three fully equipped classroom studios designated for specific areas of study, an eight-station darkroom, and a spacious gallery to showcase student art. Space is also allocated for future development of a fully equipped graphic arts technology studio.
View the Fine Arts Curriculum Guide