Fine Arts

At our girls private school our fine arts program features a boarding school curriculum targeted to help you reach your artistic potential in drama, music or the visual arts. At Chatham Hall, you can gain the skills of creative expression, as well as self-knowledge. Formal training, practical experience, and an academic approach will help you set high standards for your art and enable you to take risks in a supportive environment.

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Meet the Fine Arts Department Faculty

Graduation requirements

1 credit in Fine Arts from any discipline

Courses Offered

Visual Arts

  • Drawing & Design – Fall semester; .5 credit (prerequisite for drawing, painting, and printmaking classes)
  • Drawing/Printmaking I, II, III – one semester; .5 credit
  • Painting I, II, III – one semester; .5 credit
  • Portfolio – full year; 1 credit
  • Advanced Placement Studio Art – full year; by application and permission of the Fine Arts Department and the Academic Dean; 1 credit
  • Ceramics I, II, III – one semester; .5 credit
  • Photography I – Fall semester; .5 credit
  • Photography II – Spring semester; .5 credit (prerequisite: Photography I)

Dance

  • Dance I – by athletic trimester only; Fine Art and Team Sport credit; includes beginning Ballet, beginning Contemporary, Improvisation, and Choreography; 1/3 credit
  • Dance II - by athletic trimester only; Fine Art and Team Sport credit; includes intermediate Ballet, intermediate Contemporary, Improvisation, and Choreography; 1/3 credit
  • Panache Dance Company – full year; admission by audition only

Drama

  • Play Production: Fall – by audition only; .5
  • Play Production: Winter – by audition only; .5
  • Theatre/Choreography Collaboration – by semester, .5 credit
  • Shakespeare for the Stage – Spring semester, .5 credit

Music

  • St. Mary’s Choir – full year; 1 credit
  • St. Mary’s Choir/Chamber Choir – full year; 1 credit – by audition only
  • Music Appreciation – full year; 1 credit
  • Beginning Music Theory – full year; 1 credit
  • Advanced Placement Music Theory – full year; 1 credit (by application and permission of the Fine Arts Department and the Academic Dean)
  • Audition Workshop – by semester; .5 credit
  • Private Voice and Instrument Study – full year; .5 credit (voice students by audition only)

Publications/Writing

  • Journalism – full year; design and publication of The Columns; .5 credit
  • Yearbook – full year; design and publication of The Chathamite; .5 credit
  • Creative Writing – full year or by semester; open to seniors, juniors, and sophomores; open to freshmen second semester by permission only; .5 credit each semester