The visual and performing arts are a vital component of the
St. Anselm’s experience.
Both inside and
outside the classroom, students at all grade levels take advantage of our
outstanding facilities and faculty, putting on myriad concerts, plays,
musicals and exhibits throughout the school year.
In both the Middle and Upper
Schools, the art program forms an
integral part of the curriculum. By
focusing on the fundamentals of art and drawing in Middle School, students are
guided in form and technique. In the Upper
School, skills are developed
further and students are able to move on to advanced studio art, including
Advanced Placement courses. Computer
design and graphics play a large role at all levels of art instruction. In the Middle School, students design
websites, while Upper School
students use graphic design programs to create functional artwork, such as
poster advertisements for the school’s drama productions and other
The performing arts program at St. Anselm’s encompasses all
aspects of music and theater. Middle
School students choose among electives in chorus, orchestra and music
appreciation for all three years. The Upper
School program is primarily extracurricular,
although elective courses are offered in Forms V and VI. There are several major concerts each year that
showcase the school’s performance groups as well as individual students.
The theater program provides electives in production, acting
and film. Introduction to the theater
occurs in Form I, but students are able to participate in stage productions
throughout their years at St. Anselm’s. An all-school musical is presented each year, as well as an Upper
School play in the fall and a Middle
School play in the spring.
Concerts, musicals and plays are held in the Brian
K. Devine Performing Arts Center, which opened
in 2003 and includes a theater with seating for nearly 400 as well as ample rehearsal
and office space.