Academics

Art Program

Art Program

Art is an important part of the West Nottingham Academy experience and we offer a variety of opportunities for students to express themselves.

Visual Arts

Visual art classes include Studio Art classes in which students learn drawing, painting, and three-dimensional art (including ceramics, printmaking and a long list of other media). Digital Art and Photography students learn the manual functions of the DSLR camera and work in our computer lab with Adobe’s Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. The art facilities include the Joseph R. and Paul W. Gates Gallery, where both professional and student artists exhibit work throughout our school year.

All freshmen take our Humanities Art class, which works in conjunction with their Humanities History class. They learn about the art history of cultures and time periods being studied in Humanities History, and they create a number of projects based on their studies in both classes, from prehistoric art up to the Industrial Revolution. Often, projects from the two classes overlap, with some fun and enriching results.

Two especially important programs enhance our visual art offerings: our Eric Fischl ’66 Artist-in-Residence Teaching Program and our Aspiring Artist Program.

Students wishing to continue their art education at a visual-arts school have the opportunity to prepare a comprehensive art portfolio with which to apply. In recent years students have been accepted to Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Chicago Institute of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of Visual Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, Ringling College of Art and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, and Savannah College of Art and Design.

Theater

The Nottingham Players gather every year to offer the community one of a broad range of plays for their entertainment, amusement, and sometimes even deeper thinking. Led by our professionally trained faculty director, Rusty Eder, students fill the rest of the positions in these productions, from acting and singing to stage construction, lighting and sound, costumes and any of the other jobs that come up in a theater setting. Past productions include classics like GodspellThe Importance of Being Earnest and The Canterbury Tales, while more modern efforts include titles such as All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, 12 Angry Jurors, and An American Gallery. We make a real effort to find room for every student with an interest in theater, often providing an opportunity for an otherwise shy young person to blossom in the right role. After their time with the Players, a few have even gone on to find careers in performing or the technical side of theater.

Choir and Instruments

We offer private instrument instruction. Mr. Joel Alarcon teaches violin, viola, guitar, electric bass, piano and drum lessons.
 
Our choir meets with Mr. Joel Alarcon twice per week for practice. They perform for a variety of community events and recitals. This past December, the chorus and instrumentalists performed at West Nottingham’s Winter Convocation, as well at St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church in North East, MD.