Waverly’s visual and performing arts program aims to foster bold, inventive, and confident participants in the arts at all three campuses. Elementary students attend visual arts, vocal music, and instrumental classes with specialists each week, and middle and high school students may take art, music, and drama classes as an elective. Our talented, creative, and nurturing faculty members focus on the needs and development of each student.
Student artwork is on display throughout the school – ceramics, models, wirework, paintings, and drawings. At the elementary level, the art specialists work closely with the faculty to design projects and activities that are related to the year’s social studies themes. For example, while learning about ancient Egypt, the 5th/6th grade students created mummies in sarcophagi. Middle and high school art students explore a wide variety of media and are introduced to a number of artists and genres.
The music program begins at the preschool level and progresses through high school with an overall focus on contemporary pop and rock styles. Students use guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, small guitar, ukulele, piano/keyboard, violin and percussion instruments, and classes are held weekly throughout the school year. Students learn skills developmentally, such as scales and chords. As part of high school music ensembles, students study compositions, music theory, and notation, and perform at lunchtime concerts and at the annual Waverly Rock Festival.
Performing is a favorite mode of exploration and creative expression. Opportunities are available throughout the school year for students to perform and show their emerging skills to their fellow classmates, faculty, and the community as a whole.
Performances at the elementary level often relate to the social studies theme and may feature a traditional dance or song from the culture being studied in the class. Classes regularly perform poems, songs, and dances at the weekly All School Meetings, and all classes perform at the annual holiday show.
Middle and high school students may take drama as an elective. Students are introduced to all aspects of play production, including publicity, stage management, direction, and technical theater. They perform several times a year. The focus is on group work, play, and storytelling. Recent high school productions include Peter and The Starcatcher, Pride and Prejudice, and a 12th Night/As You Like It mashup with ‘70s music and songs. In addition to these dramatic performances, the highly popular high school Bollywood Dance Club performs twice a year.