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The Arts

Princeton Day School helps students to develop their artistic potential to the fullest. The extensive Arts program offers excellent opportunities for creative expression. Each student explores both performing arts and visual and design arts, growing as a thinker and developing artistic appreciation.


A Remarkable Range of Opportunities

Our curriculum is impressively extensive. It ranges from an active program of art and music for all Lower School students to an introduction of the theater program to Middle School students to a broad range of choices in the Upper School. Courses include beginning and advanced explorations in dance, music, theater, ceramics, video and media art, photography, architecture, and furniture design.

Recent PDS Arts News

Faculty Artist Spotlights: Jerry Hirniak and Dodie Colavecchio

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery is currently displaying the work of 9 PDS faculty artists. This week we highlight two of our outstanding artists, Jerry Hirniak and Dodie Colavecchio! This is the last week to see this remarkable show, which will close on Sunday, November 17th.

Lasting Impact

Upper School students in the award-winning Princeton Day School theater program tackled an emotionally-packed production of Eric Ulloa's 26 Pebbles this fall. Director of Performing Arts Stan Cahill and members of the cast share their reflections on the performance and why they believe it was so powerful.

Faculty Artist Spotlights: Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick and Chris Maher

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery is currently displaying the work of 9 PDS faculty artists. This week we highlight two of our exceptional artists, Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick and Chris Maher! Check back next week to find out more about our other faculty artists.

Middle School Chorale Soloist

Expectation of Excellence

Whether it’s striking self-portraits completed by eighth graders or the remarkable performances of the school’s chamber music ensembles, a single theme unites experiences in the arts at Princeton Day School: the expectation of excellence. In meeting their teachers’ and their own high standards, students discover what it means—and what it takes—to produce work of real quality.

Exploring Architecture

Starting in Middle School, all students explore not only fine art, but also design arts, including architecture. Those interested can pursue the discipline in unusual depth, with several advanced electives in Upper School.

Shades of Broadway

The Upper School fall play and winter musical feature exceptional performances, as well as sets, costumes, and lighting design to rival professional productions. These productions have received recognition as among the best in secondary school education in the state.

Inspiring Spaces

The School’s arts wing provides an inspiring home to the visual and design arts. Highlights include dedicated studios for ceramics and sculpture, architecture, painting, woodworking, and digital and traditional photography.

 

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    photo credit: matt pilsner