Academics

Arts Across the Curriculum

Art, music, and theatre at West Nottingham Academy enhance the rigorous academic program. All freshmen participate in humanities art and music courses, which are an extension of their humanities history class. They learn about historical eras and cultures, and deepen their understanding by creating art and composing music to compliment those studies.  As students continue their high school careers, they are given the opportunity to advance their skills in visual arts and music. They can choose to participate in photography, studio art, chorus, music theory, and drama, among others.
Visual Arts

The art facilities include the Joseph R. and Paul W. Gates Gallery, where both professional and student artists exhibit work.  Our computer lab offers the Adobe Creative Suite, with which students learn Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.  The art studio has a printing press, darkroom, and electric kiln for ceramic work.  Students learn about drawing, three-dimensional artwork, digital and darkroom photography, oil painting, color theory, among a long list of other mediums.

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. Students have in recent years been accepted to Maryland Institute College of Art, School of Visual Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

West Nottingham Academy is proud to be partnered with the New York Academy of Art for the Eric Fischl '66 Artist-in-Residence Teaching Program. Each trimester, a visiting graduate of the New York Academy of Art lives and works on campus, teaching classes and working on their own pieces to exhibit.  Students with a greater interest in art can apply for the Aspiring Artists Program, which guarantees one-on-one time with the Artist-in-Residence.  This program not only gives students the benefit of working with professional artists, but allows them to witness the dedication that produces great works of modern art.
Performing Arts and Music

One of the priorities of music education at West Nottingham is to facilitate a high level of musical literacy.  Students are able to achieve this through a variety of classes and performing ensembles. The school has a state-of-the-art computer lab with Finale music software, allowing students in humanities and theory classes to compose and perform their own works.

  • Concert Choir: The school’s largest ensemble, the concert choir is offered as a class to be taken as an art credit.  However, students who are unable to take it as part of their class schedule may attend rehearsals and performances, which include the school's seasonal convocations.
  • Academy Singers: A small group of singers selected from the larger Concert Choir, this group performs a more challenging repertoire, including acappella works.  The group performs for convocations, special events, and recording sessions.
  • Chamber Ensemble: A small group of instrumental players, the Chamber Ensemble was formed to accomodate a variety of talented instrumentalists at WNA.  Students with four to five years' experience are encouraged to join.  Performances include convocation and special events.