The arts are an integral part of our curriculum at Charles Wright Academy, not extras

Students at every grade level enjoy consistent, regular time dedicated to visual and performing arts—inspiring creativity, persistence, and confidence. We offer a breadth of opportunities taught by faculty who are also teaching artists so that students may discover and develop their unique talents.

Upper School

INCLUDING

ADVANCED CERAMICS

ADVANCED STUDIO ART

LETTERPRESS

PAINTING, DRAWING, ILLUSTRATION

PHOTOGRAPHY

PRINTMAKING

SILK SCREENING

CONCERT CHOIR

ORCHESTRA

SYMPHONIC BAND

IMPROVISATION

MUSICAL THEATER

TECHNICAL THEATER

THEATER PRODUCTION

SKETCH COMEDY

  • upper school jazz ensemble performers
  • upper school students perform a play onstage

CWA is home to exceptional visual and performing arts programs featuring a breadth of courses and creative opportunities facilitated by talented faculty. Students are encouraged to participate throughout their Upper School careers to achieve deep learning and appreciation for the arts. All students enjoy at least one year each of visual and performing arts courses. 

The Visual Arts Center features spacious classrooms for ceramics, printmaking, painting, and more, while the Language and Performing Arts Center has both large and private practice rooms, a digital music mixing studio, and a modern black box theater. 

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Middle School

INCLUDING

CHOIR

BAND

DRAMA

STRING ORCHESTRA

THEATER

PAINTING

DRAWING

CLAY

ARCHITECTURE

INNOVATION

DIGITAL DESIGN

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Our program is remarkable in providing every Middle School student the opportunity to experience both performing and visual arts. At every grade level, students take visual arts classes as a regular part of their schedule. Courses allow exploration of many techniques and experience with several media we teach at CWA, including drawing, painting, clay sculpture, and digital art. A full range of opportunities are also available in the performing arts. Depending on their interests, students study theater production, drama in a workshop format, or join the choir, orchestra, and/or band. 

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Lower School

INCLUDING

CERAMICS

COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA

DRAWING

FIBER ARTS

PAINTING

PRINTMAKING

MOVEMENT

AFTER-SCHOOL PIANO LESSONS

AFTER-SCHOOL THEATER PRODUCTIONS

AFTER-SCHOOL ART CLUB

For Lower School students, the arts are very much about process, exploration, and self-expression — not product. These emerging artists explore multiple media and grow their gifts and build skills in our dedicated art studio. They also create and feel their way through rhythm and melody to join together in song in the music room. Creative movement is also explored with Theatrical experiences to full embrace their bodies and find windows and mirrors in the world around them.

Beginning in first grade and continuing through the Upper School, private piano and orchestral string instrument lessons are offered on campus before, during, or after the school day.

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