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Fine Arts

The Arts Department at UPrep was the catalyst for some of my most profound personal growth. The teachers created a space that allowed me to step back, explore my options, and reflect on my experiences, and also inspired me to challenge the status quo.” –UPrep alumna

The UPrep Fine Arts Department fosters an environment that encourages students to think, learn, and create while challenging them to work toward excellence and self-understanding. We promote the development, expression, and evaluation of ideas and processes; the ability to produce, read, and interpret dramatic, musical, and visual symbols; and the assimilation of information needed to recognize and understand the artistic achievements of various societies.

Every UPrep student receives a balanced and comprehensive program of instruction in the arts. Students learn the basic techniques, terminology, and vocabulary of the major media by participating in experiences that develop and exercise aesthetic functions. Techniques, processes, and experiences form a foundation for thinking about the uniqueness of the individual, as well as an awareness of the relationships among the arts, the individual, and society.

Our sixth grade students engage in a year-long introduction to the four disciplines of the fine arts, including one semester of dance, drama, and visual arts, and one semester of instrumental and vocal music.

Seventh and 8th grade students are required to take a minimum of two semester-long courses in any of the fine arts disciplines over two years.

Middle Schoolers stretch before a Dance class.

Musical students rehearse a scene in Founders Hall.


Art itself is a life-long endeavor. We never know it all. Practicing any art shows us so much about commitment, focus, and a real dedication to lifelong learning.” –Jason Park, Music Teacher and Fine Arts Department Chair






UPrep's Visual Arts Showcase

Each winter and spring, our visual arts students display their work at a Visual Arts Showcase held on campus. Watch this video recap, featuring interviews with two student artists and a teacher.