Fine Arts

The visual and performing arts programs are designed to provide students with classroom instruction in each separate discipline as well as performance and exhibition opportunities.

Lower School students are introduced to basic elements of art design, principles, fundamentals, and history. Projects include drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking. Performances include choir and band.

In Middle School, participation and appreciation of the visual and performing arts are an integral component to the curriculum. Courses are designed to encourage student creativity, imagination, individual expression, and skill development. Students explore art, drama, and music within a historical and aesthetic framework.

Upper School visual arts classes give students exposure to more advanced artistic techniques and materials. Emphasis is placed on observational and technical skills, problem solving, personal style, and conceptual thinking. Self-motivated and self-directed projects are encouraged. Students are required to think beyond the first answer, to delve deeper, to see in a new way, and to find their personal voices.

Upper School performing arts classes provide students with a foundation in the principles of theater, dance, choir, and band respectively, as well as the practical application of acquired skills in performance. The history and theories of most famous practitioners in each discipline are also introduced.

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The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. Our mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

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