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Arts

Visual Arts


In the visual arts, we offer a diverse range of possibilities that enable both the beginner and the more experienced student to find a suitable course. Our ten-week courses may serve as an introduction to various media, such as ceramics, photography, drawing, and painting, or they may allow advanced students to enter yearlong visual arts programs, including the Advanced Placement Studio Art course, that prepare them for entry into art schools. By making connections to history and cultures through the visual arts, we enable our students to gain a deeper understanding of our contemporary world.

Dance


The Dance program at WMA is available to students each trimester as an afternoon activity, which satisfies the athletic requirement. The dance studio, located in the Athletic Center, has a sprung floor and its own sound system.

The type of dance form presented at the dance concert at the end of the trimester is dependent upon the interests of the dancers who sign up for the activity. The dance instructor does much of the choreography, but students are encouraged to try their hand at choreographing numbers as well.

Theater


The theater program addresses the creative impulses of the whole artist by breaking down traditional barriers. Live theater, film and video, theory and criticism, performance, and technical production all become part of the daily lives of the students, thus encouraging a wholistic approach to both artistic and academic education.

Academy Players is a trimester long after-school activity comprised of students who wish to learn more about theater. Academy Players mount three productions a year, including a major musical during the winter trimester.

Academy Repertory Company (ARC) is an honors-level course for advanced theater students that provides conservatory training in the art of acting and technical theater. Students gain experience in all areas of theatrical production through a process of collaboration and individual creative output.

Students in Tech Theater perform a variety of tasks to ensure successful productions. They help design and build sets, learn sound and lighting technology, and serve as stage and prop managers.

Music

Academy Singers
is open to all students. The choir meets once a week on Tuesday evenings. Students work on music with which they are familiar from the worlds of jazz, classical, pop, rock, and musical theatre. Academy Singers provides a wonderful community experience for students to meet once a week and share their passion for music.

Mosaic Harmony is a yearlong honors choir in which students learn about different musical traditions from around the world. Students are required to pass an audition to join.

Instrumental Ensemble is comprised of talented student musicians on campus. Any student who plays an instrument can audition for the course. Musicians in the Ensemble often collaborate with the choirs on campus as well as performing as soloists.

Titan Jazz Ensemble members learn to play and perform, as a band, some of the best jazz swing, Latin, and jazz rock/funk tunes from the 1950s to today.

In The News ...

Paul Bloomfield's work was chosen by Artspan.com's Best of 2016 Collection.

Check out his great work here.

"How do we engage our students and faculty in creative persists while making global connections?"

Paul Bloomfield presented at the Massachusetts Art Educator Association conference at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., on Nov. 14.

His presentation was called, "Art for Social Change + Positive Engagement'," where he discussed his inspiration for some of the curricular elements in his AP classroom.

"How do we engage our students and faculty in creative persists while making global connections?"



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Publications

The Muse

A WMA arts news publication.

The Rubicon, a student-created book, is a compilation of student artwork and literature.


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