arts highschool
learning by doing
arts highschool

Involvement in the arts is one of the central Putney experiences, and the academic arts program, encompassing a diverse range of disciplines in the visual and performing arts, forms the core of the arts program. Studio visual art courses seek to increase a student’s awareness of the visual world, to support the controlled development of a student’s unique imagination and emotion into visible form, and to promote an intellectual understanding of the basic formal elements and technical processes of a discipline. Music courses introduce students to the language and art of music, from both an academic and an aesthetic viewpoint. A full range of theater classes are offered during the academic day, as are dance classes with a focus on building both a technical and creative foundation from which to move.

Evening Arts

We offer more than 25 art forms, many in the Evening Arts program. Twice a week, each student takes an Evening Arts class after dinner. These are fun, 90-minute studio classes, open to all levels, and without a hint of pressure. In theater, students rehearse, produce, and perform a fully staged production twice a year. Various vocal and instrumental ensembles meet during the evening. Dance is represented by Dunham technique, Latin, Ballroom and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance classes and rehearsal time for Dance Ensemble. Studio art classes meet at this time, as well as other classes such as blacksmithing, jewelry and stained glass, which are not offered as academic courses. This video gives a feel for the fun and productive vibe that permeates campus during Evening Arts.

Many students continue their work in the arts during Project Week, and seniors often choose tutorial courses and Senior Exhibitions in the arts, to delve into their media in greater depth and concentration. Explore specific Arts courses and opportunities in our online curriculum.


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