The Arts at DVFS

The Arts have always been a strength at Delaware Valley Friends


Breadth


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.

Quality


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.

Purpose


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.

Program


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

Again this year, we will be writing and producing an all school musical. We have decided that this year's production will be a modern re-imagining of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

We need students to participate in a variety of ways. We need writers, songwriters, actors, musicians, stage crew, and production support. Different roles require different commitment levels and timeframes that range from now through the production on March 15, 16, 17, 2018.

Participation is open to students in ALL GRADES.

Any student interested in participating in any way in the production should attend an informational meeting on Monday, September 18th after school at 3:15pm in the music room.

Anyone interested who cannot attend this meeting, should contact one of the faculty/staff directors of the musical: Tim Simmons, Khalil Munir or Lisa Howell.

Again this year, we will be writing and producing an all school musical. We have decided that this year's production will be a modern re-imagining of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

We need students to participate in a variety of ways. We need writers, songwriters, actors, musicians, stage crew, and production support. Different roles require different commitment levels and timeframes that range from now through the production on March 15, 16, 17, 2018.

Participation is open to students in ALL GRADES.

Any student interested in participating in any way in the production should attend an informational meeting on Monday, September 18th after school at 3:15pm in the music room.

Anyone interested who cannot attend this meeting, should contact one of the faculty/staff directors of the musical: Tim Simmons, Khalil Munir or Lisa Howell.

MS Music classes will be designing an Improvised Junk Orchestra, and we need your help in gathering materials to build our own instruments. We need anything you can find from the following list, plus any other interesting objects - such as gears, small machine parts, etc, as long as they are not sharp.

Junk List for Middle School Homemade Musical Instruments Project:

  1. Rubber garden hoses
  2. Cookie tins (preferably large ones)
  3. Large olive oil cans (without any olive oil in them )
  4. Plastic milk cartons
  5. Bobby pins
  6. Bamboo garden posts (long ones)
  7. Eye hooks
  8. Spools of metal wire
  9. Bundt pans
  10. Hand-turned egg beaters (with gears and a crank)

Please have the materials delivered to the music room. Questions? Ask Tim Simmons - tim.simmons@dvfs.org

DVFS ORIGINAL STUDENT MUSICAL A GREAT SUCCESS!

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy and support our second DV original student musical! "Rough Sketch," written by the DVFS Drama Club, with music by students John Coleman and Christine Scolari, showed for three consecutive nights last week, March 23-25, in the Meeting Room at Delaware Valley Friends School. The house was full each night, and the reviews that have trickled back to us have been overwhelmingly positive and full of praise for the students and the production team!


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