Art for Art’s Sake
Fine Arts is a core piece in our School’s ecosystem—a blank canvas for your imagination. Creative expression is an essential part of human development, and arts programming at St. John’s offers 44 courses in visual and performing arts—all led by teacher-artists. Whether embracing the tactile arena of our ceramics suite, performing in one of our musical ensembles, or workshopping theater genres from antiquity to modern day, learners across our curriculum benefit from the time and agency to become more thoughtful about how they observe the world.
In Ms. Greenwood’s Honors-level Play Production class at the High School, for instance, class members form a small theatre company to bring an original script to stage, including producing, budgeting, acting, directing, marketing, rehearsal schedules, stage management, theater house management, design, and technical crew. A public production of the play serves as students’ final assessment, complete with a pitch session to School administrators who serve as executive producers.
Meanwhile, in Ms. Boncher’s Studio Art classes at the Middle School, students immerse themselves in cross-disciplinary units with the Social Studies, Computer Science and World Languages departments. For example, in that latter collaboration, students use iPad technology to reinterpret masterpieces by Latin American and Spanish painters—filtering, cropping, and manipulating their chosen artist’s work to produce their own creation while exploring the culture and context of the original works.
Art appreciation across our campus is about more than an array of electives. One third of the 60 co-curricular student activities and clubs at St. John’s Prep are devoted to the visual, vocal, theatrical, or instrumental arts.