Arts

Overall Performing and Fine Art Goals: Students have an interactive, hands on experience where students learn to express themselves as actors, artists, and musicians. Students learn artistic process as well as technical expertise in theater, music and art.

Art Program: The Academy is committed to cultivating visual literacy, instilling an appreciation of the arts on a local and global scale. A studio approach encourages students explore and experiment with various media including: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, animation and intermedia. Critical thinking is crucial to making insightful connections and thoughtful artwork; we work to impress upon our students the importance of thinking critically about the meaning and purpose in their art. Throughout our program students learn to take these connections far beyond the art classroom and into other disciplines. Gaining artistic insight from various cultures around the world helps students to take art out of the classroom and to develop real world connections and affect societal change.

Unlike most schools, an integral part of our art program at The Academy involves a studio based approach. Students to learn to think like an artist, cultivate their own artistic style, voice and think beyond a uniform lesson. The studio approach helps students develop and embrace a far more advanced way of thinking, and approaching problems beyond just the arts. Students learn to express themselves through the arts, to develop their imagination and curiosity, and to embrace beauty and originality, thereby enriching life and nourishing the body, mind and spirit.

Participation in the arts encourages students to react to, record and share their impressions of the world. At The Academy, art is not only a means for a student to understand and connect to the world at large, but also provides opportunity for each young woman to pursue her own creative identity. In doing so, she will be prime for success at the college level and beyond. College admissions officers look for creative thinkers beyond those who are driven to study art. Future doctors, engineers, policy makers need to be creative thinkers. The art program at The Academy enables students to approach problem solving and issues differently.

Students develop advanced creative thinking and problem solving skills that students learn to apply beyond the art classroom. Students have the opportunity to explore and experiment with various media including: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, animation and intermedia. Students learn to think like artists, this thought process can be applied in every class and every career. The advanced skills learned and unique way of thinking makes our students desirable candidates for colleges, careers and beyond. Students receive a superior art education. Students develop an advanced art skill set.

Theater Program: Students can take one semester of Theater during their four years of study at APH or students can take advancing theater classes each and every semester and anything in between. The program is meant to engage all levels of students. In the first year students experience acting, script analysis, playwriting, directing and technical theater. Subsequent classes to be added for those students who wish to engage more with theater during their time here will include further exploration into each of the five state standards with acting as the major area of focus. Classes on Stage Dialects, Improvisational Comedy, Shakespeare, Acting for the Camera and The Business of Acting are among the possibilities for semester long courses. Those interested in Technical theater can enroll in specified courses or independent studies related to their concentration: set design, lighting design, sound design, hair and makeup design, costume design or stage management. Each year, our Drama club presents a Fall play, a Dramafest competitive play and a Spring Musical.

Music Program: Much like the Theater Program, students are offered a variety of options in Music during their four years of study at APH from one semester classes to advancing music classes each and every semester and anything in between. The program is meant to engage all levels of students and covers singing, reading and notation, playing an instrument, improvisation and composition and critical response. Subsequent classes to be added for those students who wish to engage more with music during their time here will include further exploration into each of the five state standards with musical performance as the major area of focus. Classes on Music Appreciation, Music Composition, Music Technology (Recording/Producing), Music Theory I, II and III are among the possibilities for semester long courses.

Each year, our Music performance groups present a Winter concert, Spring concert and  perform whenever possible during the Spring Musical.