Arts

Senior School ArtPerforming Arts

The Senior School Performing Arts Department prepares young artists to be informed and engaged members of their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity and opinion; and to live and create sustainably. It offers all students the opportunity to explore and develop their individual talents in a supportive yet challenging community-based environment. The performing arts reinforce the tenets of the Academy, endorsing the balanced development of students analytical, artistic and physical abilities. Through production, rehearsal, performance, critical and analytical thinking, and historical and cultural context, all SSA students are welcome to create and learn in a supportive and intellectually rigorous community. A comprehensive foundational program encourages students to explore the creative process with emphasis on proper protocols, terminology, and safe practice.

Visual Arts

Shady Side Academy offers a rich and varied arts program that celebrates an enduring commitment to all students. The Senior School Visual Arts Department prepares its students to be informed and engaged members of their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity and opinion; and to live and create sustainably. The visual arts reinforce the tenets of the Academy Statement of Philosophy endorsing the balanced development of the student’s analytical, artistic and physical abilities. Through a rigorous, broad, sequential curriculum in the arts, all students have the opportunity to explore and develop their unique and individual talents. Through production, experimentation, exhibition, critical and analytical response, students can develop an appreciation and understanding of visual expression. They will be exposed to the historical and cultural context of art while exploring their creativity in an intellectual and nurturing environment. All of this is provided in a comprehensive foundational program that encourages students to experience both the process and product of artistic endeavor.

Arts Courses

Performing Arts – Music

Courses:

  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • String Orchestra

Electives:

  • Electronic Sound Studio
  • Music Theory
  • Music Workshop
  • Acting
  • Guitar and Piano

Performing Arts – Theatre

Courses:

  • Acting
  • Theatre Arts Foundation

Non-Credit Offerings:

  • Fall Play
  • Winter Musical
  • Spring Original Works Theater Festival

Visual Arts

Introductory Courses:

  • Studio Art 2D Foundation
  • Studio Art 3D Foundation

Advanced Courses:

  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Photography
  • Darkroom Lab Photography
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Painting
  • Photography

New This Year: Hands-On Art History

In an effort to increase flexibility in student schedules, Ceramics PM, an after-school art course, is also offered.