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Upper School Arts

“Art is the lifeblood of humanity. It is beautiful, yes, but it is much more than that. Art reflects its environment, art is a response to life, art is a member of society. Art is politics and art is refuge. It is the past and it is now and it is the future.” -Natalie Lobach, Class of 2018

The Upper School Arts programs are devoted to training a new generation of artists, leaders, and changemakers. Westtown School Arts emphasizes a collaborative, creative, and process-oriented approach in both classes and co-curricular programs, uniquely preparing students to take on the problems of the 21st century in proactive, empathetic, and inventive ways. Our students develop invaluable abilities such as handling responsibility, problem solving, organizing, motivating themselves and others, developing effective interpersonal communication, and gaining confidence. We aim to provide a safe environment to take risks, to learn by doing, to fail and try again, and ultimately to succeed and grow.

Our students develop skills that apply to both their individual art forms and to every aspect of their lives. Working with our talented faculty of professional artists, Westtown students create work that is imaginative, forward thinking, and rooted in Westtown’s Quaker principles.

In the Upper School you can immerse yourself in the arts through visual arts, music, theater, and dance. Every student is required to take 1.5 credits in art, but many exceed that requirement. Beyond the classroom, Westtown provides an ever-growing program of co-curricular and extra-curricular arts opportunities.