At St. Andrew’s School we believe that the Arts are an essential part of the curriculum as well as the foundation for a well formed life. Whether in Middle School or Upper School, students are exposed to and participate in a variety of artistic expression that include visual art, music, and the dramatic arts. As a small School, opportunities abound for students to express themselves in the art program and often students find talents they did not know they had or they develop interests in areas that are new to them. This may involve singing in the chorus, playing hand bells, painting a landscape, or acting in a play, but no matter the medium, students are encouraged to work in the Arts and to stretch themselves in a supportive environment. Our experienced faculty members are excited when students find a passion they did not have or develop skills that take their talent to the next level.
Our exceptional Art programs include the Lower School spring arts productions, Holiday Vespers, the Fall Musical, the Spring Concert, the Winter Play, the Monologue Contest, as well as other opportunities for students to display their talents.
McCulloch Center for the Arts
Our Art program is fortunate to be centered in the spacious 20,000 square foot McCulloch Center for the Arts. Named for long-time benefactors Sandy and Dotty McCulloch, this Center abounds with activity on a daily basis from Morning Meeting, to afternoon practices, and drawing classes. There are two spacious classrooms for visual art that both include areas to display student art. Adjacent to the classrooms is a ceramics classroom with five pottery wheels, sculpting tables, and two kilns for our popular ceramics classes. The music department has another large classroom with enough space to store instruments] including a grand piano. There are also several performance rooms for students who wish to practice their instrumental talents. The theater department contains a Black Box classroom for studies in theater as well as small performances. Larger performances occur in the 280 seat Keats Theater that is equipped with a full stage as well as theatrical lighting and sound. Graphic arts and digital photography classes have access to a separate classroom with 12 computers specifically allocated for the graphic arts classes. Finally the Griffiths Galley is an ever-changing venue to display student works of art as well as the work of our Happy White Visiting Artists.