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.

Every student, no matter what their initial capability or experience, is welcomed into our arts program and given the opportunity to not only create, but to reflect intellectually about their own creative work and the world around them through art, music, and theater.

We believe in fostering a level of confidence in all of our students so that they feel empowered to courageously express themselves and freely interpret their lives, emotions, and views.

The Academy at Penguin Hall is committed to cultivating visual literacy and instilling an appreciation of the arts.

A studio approach encourages students to explore and experiment across various mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. We work to impress upon our students the importance of thinking critically about the meaning and purpose in their art.

Throughout our program, students take these connections far beyond the art studio and into other disciplines.

A sample of visual arts classes offered in our Program of Study are:

  • Drawing Studio
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Activist Art

The Theater program is meant to engage all levels of students through interactive and academic courses in acting, writing, directing, theater design, and more.

Courses are designed to engage novices who may be looking to improve their public speaking skills, young women who have a dedicated commitment to acting in the theater, and students who have an interest in exploring the dynamic world of theater through courses in design or stage management.

Each year, the Drama Club presents a fall play and spring musical. Students also participate in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s High School Drama Festival, held in February and March.

A sample of theater classes offered in our Program of Study are:

  • Art of Theater: An Introduction to Theater
  • Play Production
  • Film: Critique and Creation
  • Design for Theater
  • Political Theater

The Academy at Penguin Hall’s Music Program provides a diverse and enriching music experience to empower young women to be leaders in music.

Students learn to apply their creative and technical skills in both the classroom, in a variety of ensembles, and through numerous performance opportunities at the school and in the community.

Programs are designed for all levels of students, which allows more advanced students to act as section leaders and mentors for beginning students.  The music program also offers classes in dance, choreography, and other areas, so that all students interested in music can participate in our programs.

A sample of music classes offered in our Program of Study are:

  • Music Theory & Ear Training
  • Women In Music
  • Vocal Jazz & Improvisation
  • Choreography & Dance
  • Music Composition & Film Scoring

Some of our thriving ensembles have already performed in a number of high-profile opportunities, including performing live on 104.9 with Senator Bruce Tarr, performing with The Chieftains at Lynn Auditorium, and performing at the annual sold-out Acapalooza show at Shore Country Day School.

Arts in the News

A Standing Ovation for Twelfth Night
Written By Molly Tittemore  This fall, APH students braved the literary world of William Shakespeare and put on  a production of his beloved, comedic play, Twelfth Night. The production started off  on an intriguing note, complete with ominous, anxiety-riddled music....
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Diversity of the Girl Art Exhibit
Diversity of the Girl: A Student Art Exhibit
Diversity of the Girl is an art gallery highlighting the variety in women. Student Hannah V.' '20, the exhibit curator, assembled this collection to help defy the societal stereotypes we are presented with every day.
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APH Student Recognized in Georgetown Community
Kendelle Cooper, of Georgetown, created the work “Arctic Thaw” after discovering that Polar Bears may go extinct in her lifetime. Her work was honored at Endicott College High School Art Competition when she received The Dean’s Choice Award.
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