Visual and Performing Arts

Visual Art Program

The visual art program offers students the opportunity to exercise self-expression through a range of courses. In these studio classes, students are encouraged to increase their skill levels and maximize their artistic potential by exposure to a variety of techniques and mediums in an atmosphere that embraces a high expectation of creative decision making and a high quality of production. Year-long courses receive one credit unit. Semester-long courses receive one-half credit unit.

Dance

The Saint Mary's School Dance Program offers dance courses that provide solid technical training in ballet and modern, while offering opportunities, when appropriate for that particular academic year, for students to take jazz, hip hop, stretch/yoga, and conditioning classes. Students may mix and match their classes to form their dance schedule, as advised by Dance Faculty. Dance courses are offered on the quarter system with the exception of two performance courses, Orchesis and Honors Orchesis. These two courses are offered by the semester and together make up SMS’s performing dance company, Orchesis Dance Theatre. Dance students are encouraged to develop their creative and expressive potential through their dance study. All dance classes are scheduled beginning at 3:15 p.m. daily, and fulfill the SMS Visual and Performing Arts and elective requirement, as well as the PLUS program requirements.

Drama

The drama program offers opportunities to study acting, explore dramatic literature, read and analyze scripts, and become familiar with the history of theatre. Students also work as production company members in stage management, acting, set, costume, lighting and sound design, and various technical and stage crews. Each year, students create on-campus productions that include a full-length play, one-act plays and, as opportunities present themselves, original student-written scripts.

Music

In the music program, every level of interest and ability is supported with a rich variety of vocal and instrumental training both in performance ensembles and through individual lessons. Expert instruction in applied music is provided in voice and a wide range of instruments, which students can pursue at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. An extra fee is charged for private or class applied vocal and instrumental instruction. These lessons are designed to develop musical skills leading up to artistic performance. Opportunities to perform at Saint Mary’s School are many and varied. In addition, students are able to take advantage of many first-rate live performances on campus with opportunities to meet the musicians after their performances.

Course Offerings

Visual Art

  • Graphic Design and Digital Photography
  • Foundation Art I
  • Foundation Art II
  • Honors Art III
  • Honors Art Portfolio
  • Advanced Placement Portfolio

Dance

  • Elementary Ballet
  • Elementary Modern
  • Intermediate Ballet
  • Intermediate Modern
  • Advanced Ballet
  • Advanced Modern
  • Stretch and Yoga
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary Ballet
  • Dance Composition
  • Orchesis Dance Theatre
  • Honors Orchesis Dance Theatre

Drama

  • Theatre Arts
  • Honors Theatre Arts
  • Technical Theatre

Music

  • Chorale
  • Honors Chorale
  • Chamber Music Program (Instrumental Ensembles)
  • Honors Chamber Choir
  • Honors Aural Skills I
  • Honors Aural Skills II
  • Applied Music Instruction
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