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THE MISSION OF THE ARTS AT BRENTWOOD SCHOOL IS TO INSPIRE PERSONAL AND INTELLECTUAL GROWTH THROUGH THE EXPLORATION, CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND DISCIPLINED PRACTICE, AND ULTIMATELY THE SHARED EXPERIENCE OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION.

Our arts faculty, artists and performers themselves, offer instruction in visual arts, dance, music, and theater. In every course, our teachers strive to foster self-knowledge, a willingness to experiment and take risks, an understanding that through art we create and reflect culture, and a commitment to the creative process. Exhibits, recitals, and productions throughout the year celebrate our students’ accomplishments.

The creative process is not a straight line. In class, each student engages in a series of projects or pieces that require continual rethinking, refining, revising, and rehearsing. And, it is this dynamic of disciplined effort and imaginative response that underscores the creative process in all the arts.

Students participating in the Arts Program at Brentwood School will find a supportive atmosphere that promotes questioning, individuality, and diversity. They will be guided by a faculty who are all engaged in the creative process themselves in their individual art forms, and this ensures that the relationship between faculty and student is based on the reality that we are all doing the same work but at different levels. It is a comfortable, mentoring relationship.

Upper School Arts News

by Lauren Hall, Upper School Dance Teacher

Brentwood Dance Company took the stage last weekend in their first performance of the school year, with a production entitled, "DIVAS." The concert included a vibrant Beyoncé medley, an 80s step aerobic routine set to Whitney Houston, an interpretation of Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" video, and a huge Madonna finale set to "Vogue" with moving set pieces, lasers, haze machines, and strobe lights...

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For the past two years, Junior Gavin D. '18 has competed in all of the Performing/Visual Arts poster competitions. This is Gavin's first winning design. Sharing his thoughts on his first place poster for the Brentwood Dance Companies production of DIVAS, he comments: "I was inspired by the famous 1959 "Giselle" poster designed by legendary Swiss designer Armin Hoffman with its minimalist dance figure and bold typography. I had an original idea to use the silhouette and dark background, but was not sure how to arrange the type. Mr. Donis showed me the "Giselle" poster to help inspire me on how to arrange the overall design; luckily it worked and I won!"

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The East Campus Theater was transformed into a winter wonderland on December 2 and 3 for the Upper School Winter Concert, complete with falling snow. All of the choral groups and the full orchestra took the stage to perform a wide variety of holiday favorites, including a special tribute to composer Leonard Cohen, and a duet of guitars performing Adam Sandler's "Hannukah Song." The full concert video will be available soon on our YouTube channel, but first enjoy this gallery of images from the concert.

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Upper School Arts Events

In the Downstairs Gallery: US Drawing and Composition
Concert Singers Salon CANCELLED
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EC Theater Lobby
In the Downstairs Gallery: US Drawing and Composition
In the Downstairs Gallery: US Drawing and Composition
In the Downstairs Gallery: US Drawing and Composition
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