"The arts program at Country Day is instructed by highly-educated, practicing musicians and artists who encourage our students to express themselves and the world around them through visual arts, music, and drama."
Katie Antis l Arts Department Chair
Visual Art l Visual art courses at Country Day involve students in a wealth of visually stimulating experiences and afford frequent opportunities for creative problem solving as well as fine-tuning sound technical skills, fine motor skills, and art vocabulary. Students can select courses from an extensive list of electives, including AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and Honors Art.
Music l Introduction to music begins in Lower School with simple rhythms, unison playing, and finger agility. In an effort to cultivate a love for music, students are encouraged to join Beginning Strings, Lower School Orchestra, and Lower School Band. By Middle School, students may apply any of the music courses to their fine art requirements such as Orchestra, Band, Percussion Ensemble, Chorale, and Advanced Chorale. Music provides opportunities for personal growth and satisfaction in cooperative effort.
Drama l In drama classes, the Viola Spolin method is used as a basis for theater training for both comedy and drama. Students learn improvisation and present various scenes to classmates for discussion and critique. Middle and upper school annual productions in Weinmann Auditorium include works of Shakespeare in the fall and a musical in the spring. We support students who pursue acting, music, and art at NOCAA and beyond Country Day, with reasonable accommodations to allow for rehearsals and performances off campus.