Upper School Arts Mission Statement
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.