Art is an important form of expression for students across all three divisions. The Upper School arts curriculum is multifaceted, varied, and interdisciplinary. We expose students to a wide variety of tools, methods, and mindsets that build competencies in a variety of artistic fields. Our students become able to capitalize on their innate curiosity and their desire to create; they come to view themselves as artists.
Choice is fundamental to Nueva’s student-centered pedagogy; students have a voice in choosing where to dive deeply in many areas of their creative education. The Upper School offers many programs and elective opportunities for students to engage in a variety of artistic mediums.
We invite you to explore the ways in which the arts are intrinsically woven into the student experience.
The integration of tools, techniques, and technologies helps develop both fluency and unique ways to think about the world. By working with various materials, students learn diverse approaches to studio arts and develop an appreciation of historical masterpieces. Courses emphasize students' technical understanding, practice, and innovation in their pieces.
Upper School visual arts electives include architecture, drawing, mixed media, graphic design, sculptural ceramics, and more.
Students learn musical expression through elective coursework in jazz, chorale, rock genres, digital music, and musical production, as well as through extra-academic opportunities that include classical quartets, student-formed bands, an a cappella group, and "pop-up" shows at the Upper School.
Upper School music electives include Groove Workshop, Jazz Ensemble, Music Design and Production, Soundwaves a cappella choir, and more.
Performing arts in the Upper School bring together experiences that build students' self-assurance and life skills. In addition to igniting a passion for the stage, students learn kinesthetic and dramatic skills, improved self-confidence and public speaking techniques, and the ability to accept and apply feedback, time management, commitment, and collaboration with an ensemble. Performing arts are also an avenue to forge interdisciplinary connections, deepening the study of humanities and bringing meaning to history.
The Upper School produces an annual fall play and a spring musical. Upper School performing arts electives include Acting I and II, Fall Drama Production, and Musical Theater.