Upper School Arts
The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create. ~President Barack Obama
The Upper school Arts classrooms and rehearsals halls are devoted to the training of a new generation of leaders and change-makers who are creative, collaborative, and empathetic. We aim to provide a safe environment for students to challenge themselves and find new ways to look at the world around them. Our students develop skills that apply to both their individual artform 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.
The arts facilities provide spaces for you to practice and realize your talents:
- newly-renovated theater with a new stage, ETC rigging, sound booth and seats
- 8 soundproof practice rooms
- instrumental room
- chorus room
- dance studio
- art gallery
- digital arts studio with Macintosh computers and an archival printer
- 2 painting & printmaking studios
- professional grade dark room
- clay studio
- woodworking studio
Our students go on to some of the most prestigious art programs in the country including: Rhode Island School of Design, University of the Arts, Tyler School of Art, Parsons School of Design, Boston Conservatory, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Berklee School of Music, Wesleyan University, Carnegie Mellon University, The New School, among many others. In addition, many of our arts students excel in other areas of life at Westtown as students and leaders, using their art training in every aspect of their lives.