Arts

The Arts Department at UPrep has been the catalyst for some of my most profound personal growth. The teachers have created a space that allows me to step back, explore my opinions, and reflect on my experiences, and also inspires me to challenge the status quo. “ Emma K., Class of 2016

What do risk-taking, improvisation, collaboration, relationship building, fun, and talent have in common? They are all integral parts of University Prep’s Fine Arts program. Our students are fortunate to have access to a wide range of Fine Arts electives, taught by talented faculty, many of whom are working professionals in their respective fields. Our Fine Arts students, both current and alumni, always mention their relationships with their teachers as a highlight of their University Prep Fine Arts’ experience. In a department where process always trumps product, the product is invariably terrific.

Visit a Middle School Fine Arts class and you’ll cross paths with eager students finding their voice on stage, learning to play a new instrument, breakdancing or waltzing in the dance studio, taking photographs with a lens (and a lens) on social justice, or expressing their vision via one of several visual arts classes. Middle School students love to publicly display their newfound skills in the arts before a supportive audience of peers and adults. The results are undeniably positive for all involved.

In the Upper School, students capitalize on the foundation they forged in Middle School to dig deeper and explore further. Upper School faculty support and guide students to examine the arts from varied perspectives and via multiple disciplines. Students’ active participation in drama courses, instrumental music ensembles, beginning and advanced photography classes, and unique visual arts electives helps prepare them to take risks intellectually, socially, and emotionally in ways they never thought possible. Students graduate from University Prep with a deep appreciation and understanding of the arts, and with skills that will last them a lifetime.