Overview

Visual and Performing Arts

At School of the Holy Child, we strive to instill in each student a life-long love of the arts. We maintain a long history of excellence in the fine and performing arts, and we know that a strong Arts program is an essential component of any well-rounded education. For this reason, we are consistently expanding our curricular and co-curricular offerings to ensure that our student-artists are both challenged and inspired. Students can choose from a wide-range of arts offerings in drama, dance, instrumental and choral music, studio arts, photography and film.

Students can also chose to participate in our robust extra-curricular programming. We mount five full-scale theatrical productions annually, two in the Middle School and three in the Upper School. We have two all-school concerts annually, as well as smaller recitals throughout the year. We have an all-school dance performance and Art Show in the spring, and our students submit work to several local and regional art competitions annually.

It is our sincere desire that each student who graduates from Holy Child has had the opportunity to explore a variety of art forms that both challenge their understanding of the world around them, and expand them as individuals, but also simply for the joy of creating!

Fine and Performing Arts Offerings

Fine Arts

At the middle school level, all students participate in the fine arts with an emphasis in Drawing, Painting, 2D and 3D Design, Digital Design and Print Making. Upper School students can choose from a wide-range of fine arts offerings, including those listed below. Additionally, students have multiple opportunities to showcase their work throughout the school year at all-school/senior arts shows and at the Gryphon Film Festival.

  • Advanced Art
    This portfolio-building curriculum will challenge students to go beyond the fundamentals and to think outside the box. The course is broken down into one trimester each of Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media. The coursework is designed to help the student learn more about herself as an individual and as an artist.
  • Studio Art I and II
    Studio Art I will focus on the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Studio Art II will focus on more advanced concepts in drawing and painting, as well as printmaking and sculpture. In both courses, there will be a focus on spatial relationships, perspective, and proportions of the human body. The students will then move into 2D and 3D composition and design. Students will learn the basics of color theory and spatial relationships. These courses will also cover a wide range of artistic styles including abstraction, landscape and figurative.
  • Digital Photography and Film
    Students learn the process (pre-production, production, post-production) and the technical aspects of digital photography and media production: conception, camera, lighting, sound and editing. Students will work on a number of individual projects throughout the trimester, including the creation of a final personal film/photo project.
  • Sculpture/3D Design
    This class can be taken in combination with Studio Art II or on its own for a single trimester. This course will stress the basic elements of art in three dimensions, using simple form, clay form and wood and stone.
  • Senior Portfolio
    The goal of this course is for each student to build a strong body of work that illustrates a variety of techniques and media. Each project will challenge the student to create her best work. The portfolio of works will be sent as slides to colleges along with students' college applications, and may enable students to place out of foundation courses in their first year.
  • Printmaking
    This course will feature traditional printmaking (woodcuts, linoleum cuts, embossing) as well as more experimental and improvisational monotype printmaking.

Performing Arts

  • Introduction to Theatre
    This course will examine the importance of both performance and text to the life of the theater. Students will learn the fundamentals of acting, which includes character construction, relationship to the audience and improvisation.
  • Advanced Theatre/Stagecraft
    The purpose of this course is to give the student an increased appreciation for an additional experience in theatre as an art form. The student will act, direct and be technically involved in scenes and one-act plays. The course will culminate in a student-produced performance for an audience.
  • Dance Ensemble and Advanced Dance Ensemble
    Modern based dance classes with a focus on development of technique and performance preparation.

Music

School of the Holy Child approaches music as a tool to foster creativity and expression, as well as to broaden students' global perspective. Courses in Instrumental and Choral Music are available to all students in grades 5-12. In addition, we offer instrumental instruction in woodwind, percussion and strings, grade-level choral studies, as well as two advanced choirs in the Upper School. Students take part in winter and spring concerts in addition to recitals throughout the year.

  • Chamber Ensemble
    This general instrumental ensemble is open to students playing all instrument types. Students in this course will learn basic fundamental skills in reading music and create arrangements for performance. Over the course of the year, students will learn to play an instrument, sight-read and play as an ensemble. The group will perform during the Christmas Concert and Arts Festival in the spring.
  • Cappella Nova
    Cappella Nova is the larger of the two upper School choral ensembles open to all students grades 9-12. Their repertoire is drawn from the music of many countries, spanning the 15th to 20th century.
  • Madrigals
    Madrigals is an advanced, auditioned chamber choir of 8-12 voices. Members study and sing three- to six-part choral works of various composers.