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 annual original musical 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 a range of elective options, including but not limited to:
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Culinary Arts
  • Sculpture & Ceramics
  • Music
  • Theater & movement
  • Creative writing & poetry
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

Romeo and Juliet Remix

Join us at 7pm on the evenings of March 15, 16 & 17, for

Romeo & Juliet

Delaware Valley Friends School's third musical production.

Admission is free, seating limited (in the DVFS Meeting Room).

Two years ago, we started something new and unique in the performing arts program at DVFS. Now, on our third original production, our student writers have taken the outline of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and remixed it for modern times – re-imagining the characters, re-writing the script, and creating six original songs. Romeo & Juliet Remix runs March 15, 16, and 17 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room. Admission is free and open to all. Read more-->

Romeo and Juliet Casting CallCHANGED to Tuesday, January 9, 2018
from 3:15 - 5:00 pm

All students interested in being on stage for this year's musical MUST attend the casting session.

Read this linked message for details on casting and other ways students and parents can get involved in this year's production.

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, December 19, 11am

Join us for this annual performance, as the DV community celebrates the winter holidays through music, readings, and song. The Holiday Program will be held in the Meeting Room. Parents and families are welcome to attend.

On Thursday, November 2nd, more than thirty students from the DVFS Music Program participated in this year's annual fall coffeehouse at Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square. The night featured improvised performances by students from across the three Upper School Music classes, as well as a host of original compositions, cover songs, and ensemble performances chosen, arranged, and performed by the students themselves, as well as the DV Band and DV Singers. As always, it was a packed house and a great show.

Read more and see videos HERE.

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