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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

This is the first winning design for Sophomore Mia B. '19 in the 2017 Performing/Visual Arts poster design competition. As a second semester Photo 1 student, this is also Mia's first time competing in this highly competitive poster competition. Sharing her thoughts on her first place poster for the iconic 1950s musical Guys and Dolls, she comments: "When taking on the Guys and Dolls poster assignment, at first I wasn't sure which direction I wanted to go. I figured out that sometimes the best inspiration comes from going back to the original. I found a vintage Guys and Dolls posters online and was automatically drawn to the vibrant colors and playful feel. I decided that keeping the design simple and bright with a retro feel was the best way to go. When I found out I had won I did not believe it was true, as I never expected to win with so many other amazing entrees. I feel extremely honored!"

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Starting next week, audiences are invited to experience the flash and fun of the 1950's Broadway Musical Guys and Dolls, directed by Upper School Music Teacher, JK Hilbert. Guys and Dolls takes the audience for a raucous ride through the New York underworld—filled with gamblers and shady characters who are at odds with the Save-A-Soul Mission, out to rescue them from their evil ways, rolling dice and betting on horses.

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by Alex Donis, Upper School Art Teacher

Upper School Photo Exhibit Opens Feb 9 - March 3

The Upper School photography exhibit, called "Mirror, Mirror," is currently on display and I invite everyone to stop by the Downstairs Gallery to check it out...


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Upper School Arts Events

SCHOOL HOLIDAY: Spring Recess
all day
SCHOOL HOLIDAY: Spring Recess
all day
In the Downstairs Gallery: US Ceramics & Sculpture
SCHOOL HOLIDAY: Spring Recess
all day
In the Downstairs Gallery: US Ceramics & Sculpture
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