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75 years of rigorous, classical education

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Department

The study of Fine Arts and Humanities helps to foster creativity in our students, and integrates and enriches other disciplines of our classical curriculum including social studies, languages and religion.

Department Overview

The Fine Arts Department offers courses in all grades, leading up to the possibility of advanced study in all performing and creative disciplines.

This specialized curriculum, which offers strengths and options like no other in the school, strikes a balance between the academic study of the Fine Arts throughout history and opportunities to learn hands-on directly through the creative process. The benefits are both idealistic and practical, in that we hope students will develop a life-long appreciation of the arts for their own personal enrichment and that they will also have a greater chance for professional advancement because they will think creatively.

Curriculum Sequence

Form A Instrumental Music or Chorus; Art
Form I
Instrumental Music or Chorus; Art; Drama
Form II
Instrumental Music or Chorus
Form III
Art; Public Speaking; Introduction to the Humanities
Form IV
Forms V & VI
Electives: AP Art History; AP Music Theory; AP Studio Art;
Studio Art; Men's Chorus; Acting; Production; History of Film

Course Descriptions

Department Highlights

Fine Arts Faculty
Dr. Charles T. Downey, Department Chair
Humanities, AP Art History
Ph.D., Music History, Catholic University of America
M.A., Music History, Catholic University of America
B.Mus., Piano, Michigan State University
Mr. Henry Achilles
History of Film
M.A., Liberal Studies, Georgetown University
B.A., History, George Washington University
Ms. Maureen Boman
All Drama Classes, Public Speaking
B.A., Smith College
Dr. Marcel Maican
Instrumental Music
Ph.D., Performance and Conducting, Conservatory of Bucharest
M.A., Conducting, Conservatory of Bucharest

Dr. Daniel Peterson
DMA, The Catholic University of America
MA, Southern Methodist University
MA, Boston University College of Fine Arts
BA, Grove City College

Mrs. Blair Van Selow
All Art Classes, Studio Art, AP Studio Art
M.A., Corcoran College of Art
B.A., Sweet Briar College