The Arts at DVFS

The Arts have always been a strength at Delaware Valley Friends


Our students explore painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics. They discover video production and animation in our multimedia studio. They learn musical theory and instrumental and vocal skills. They take part in an excellent culinary arts program. And they pursue options ranging from our Improv Acting ensemble to Drum Circle, to everyanything, our national award-winning literary magazine.


Delaware Valley Friends has sent many graduates on to top art schools—and to successful creative careers, whether as fine artists or graphic designers, musicians, chefs, or teachers. Visit our student gallery to see some representative samples of recent student work.


We use the process of art making to teach creative problem solving and to prepare students to meet academic and life challenges. Both rigorous and fun, the arts program balances the academic experience, offering the chance to develop other forms of talent and intelligence.


Middle School students have art the entire school year.
Upper school students are offered the following opportunities:
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Culinary Arts
  • Sculpture & Ceramics
  • Music
  • Improvisation Acting
In addition to the many electives offered, ninth grade students take a semester-long class in two-dimensional design, in which they learn the basics of observational drawing, and the foundations of color theory. Junior and Senior Studio Art are offered to students planning to study the arts in college. The faculty works closely with each student to prepare a comprehensive portfolio.

Each spring, a school wide Arts Festival showcases the many talents of our students.

Recent Arts News

Tony is a high school junior with a dream of becoming an artist. Tony's dad has other ideas.

Rough Sketch, an original musical written, scored and performed by DV students, explores the conflict between Tony and his father and what it means to follow your dreams and stay true to who you are. The score is written in a rap and hip hop style by John Coleman and Christine Scolari.

Tim Simmons, Khalil Munir and Lisa Howell are excited to once again be supporting DV students in bringing an original production to life. This year's show has drawn a wealth of student talent. At last count, 25 students in all have found ways to participate in the musical - from script and song writers to stage crew to members of the orchestra and cast.

Full rehearsals begin January 30th and run Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 pm.

We could still use a few parent volunteers to help with costumes, program and promotion. Please contact Tim Simmons if you are interested.

Mark your calendars for this year's performances: March 23, 24 and 25 at 7:00 pm.

See John Coleman performing his original song "Like Father Not Like Son" from the musical, at the fall coffeehouse-->

Tuesday, December 20, 2-3pm

Join us for this annual performance, as the DV community celebrates the winter holidays through music, readings, and song. Parents and families are welcome to attend.

The Holiday Concert begins at 2pm in the Meeting Room.

Thanks to everyone who came to the DVFS Fall Coffeehouse on December 1, at Burlap & Bean in Newtown Square. We had a full house and a great line-up of performances. Click the photo at left, or HERE, to watch all of the videos.

Our annual Fall Coffeehouse will be at Burlap & Bean on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 PM. (directions here)

It's an open-mic format, but students who want to perform must sign up with Tim BEFORE Friday, November 18th.

Please stop by Tim's room, or email him:

Our annual Fall Coffeehouse will be at Burlap & Bean on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 PM.
(directions here)

Delaware Valley Friends School
19 E. Central Avenue, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
Phone: 610.640.4150
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