Fine Arts

There are extensive opportunities for students to explore visual creativity and develop advanced studio schools - both in the core curriculum and through Creative Program offerings in the afternoon. As the ability to express oneself visually and creatively becomes more critical in our students’ long term success, we encourage all students to participate in the fine arts. Portfolio Art, Ceramics and Classical and Modern Sculpture are just some of the recent offerings, but students have also been supported in pursuing interests ranging from street art to digital photography to animation.

Immersive Learning and the Arts

ColLABs also provide an opportunity for students to pursue either a new curiosity or a better-developed passion in the arts on a deeply immersive basis. Recent ColLABs in the arts have ranged from a “three-week theater program” to immersive digital video production workshops to a “dive” into the history of the blues with the associated learning to play the harmonica - with numerous other ColLABs in the arts as well. Where there hasn’t been a faculty-led course offered, students have designed independent projects that have explored architecture, fashion, design, movie-making, learning to play the sax and many other aspects of the fine and performing arts.

Exploring The Fine Arts

The Winchendon School’s music program incorporates a wide range of instruments and vocal mediums. Our various ensembles accommodate all sorts of musical passions and skill levels. Musical education is a core part of our academic day and extracurricular activities. All of our ensembles perform many times throughout the course of the school year. Private instrumental or vocal lessons (all levels) are available for an additional fee. Please contact fbyrne@winchendon.org for further information.

  • Portfolio Art: Portfolio Art is a workshop for students to create their own visions under the tutelage and guidance of art teachers. Open to all students who wish to draw or paint, this workshop is essential to any student planning to attend an art college, beginning in the student’s junior year. At least one example of student work is required to be displayed in the Annual Student Art Show in the spring.
  • Ceramics: Ceramics (pottery) allows students to explore clay in a variety of forms, including slab sculptures, pinch pots, wheel work, and development of many organic forms in clay. Students also participate in glazing and firing techniques, including Raku. At least one example of student work is required to be displayed in the Annual Student Art Show in the spring.
  • Classical and Modern Sculpture: Students explore the properties of clay, caste-making in plaster, rubber and/or resins, as well as the building of maquettes (models in cardboard and balsa wood for enlargement in metal) in this classical and modern sculpture workshop. Advanced Art students have the opportunity to learn life-sized portrait sculpture and figure sculpture, as well as basic carving techniques in soapstone. At least one example of student work is required to be displayed in the Annual Student Art Show in the spring.

Musical Theater and Drama

Our yearly musical production provides an opportunity for those who love to sing, dance, and act to be involved a rich learning experience and high-quality stage production. Because we offer our students the ability to participate in sports and performing arts, many of our varsity athletes also perform in the fall musical. Recent productions include Legally Blonde, Shrek the Musical and High School Musical.

Drama enthusiasts participate in our spring play production. Like all of our art programs, this yearly production welcomes novices and veterans alike. Last year we presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This spring we took on the classic Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet.

The Study Of Music

The Winchendon School’s music program incorporates a wide range of instruments and vocal mediums. Our various ensembles accommodate all sorts of musical passions and skill levels. Musical education is a core part of our academic day and extracurricular activities. All of our ensembles perform many times throughout the course of the school year. Private instrumental or vocal lessons (all levels) are available for an additional fee. Please contact fbyrne@winchendon.org for further information.

  • Instrumental Ensemble Class: Instrumental Ensemble Class offers students an opportunity to play their musical instruments in an ensemble for class credit. The rehearsal process is focused on producing high-level performances that are musically expressive and technically polished. Students will strengthen their instrumental technique, awareness of pitch, tempo, tone, and other pillars of musicianship.
  • Jazz Band: Jazz Band is an extracurricular activity that provides students with an opportunity to take their musicianship, jazz skills and improvisation techniques to the next level. Working in a small group setting, students become familiar with jazz charts, blues scales, and a variety of harmonic centers.
  • Ukulele Club: Ukulele is our latest addition to our family of musical ensembles. A casual and fun opportunity for students to engage with music. This is open to all levels and beginners are most welcome.
  • Vocal Ensemble Class: Vocal Ensemble Class provides students with an opportunity to participate and perform in a vocal ensemble for class credit. Students prepare and perform a wide range of challenging choral music representing many styles, languages and time periods. The emphasis in rehearsal is placed on the importance of individual contribution. Students will strengthen their vocal technique and enhance their oral and reading skills.
  • A capella: Our ACA-Piti Singers are our own acapella choir. This is an extracurricular activity and they rehearse in the afternoons. Our acapella choir covers fun arrangements of popular songs from today and decades have gone by.