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 annual original musical 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 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

dv spring music festival

The students and Tim have been working hard preparing for the Music Festival on Saturday. If your student is taking part, he/she should be at DV by 5 PM. The show starts at 6. Come along and enjoy watching your favorite performers in action.

Any questions to Tim Simmons - tim.simmons@dvfs.org.


Graphic of colorful painting with text invitation to the 2018 arts festival at dvfs taking place on friday may 11 from 6:30 to 9:30 pmDelaware Valley Friends School families and friends, alumni, and anyone interested in The Arts at DVFS, please join us for this fun annual event, showcasing student work from the current school year.

Mark you calendars for Friday, May 11, 2018, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm.
We hope to see you there!


dv spring music festival

We are planning a very special event in just a few weeks that is open to anyone willing to participate. It is our first annual DVFS Music Festival. The event will take place in the meeting room at DV on Saturday, April 21st from 6-9 PM.

The vision for this night is an "open mic" style performance during which the many musicians and performers among us can be heard. We are still in the process of planning the details, but I just wanted you all to know that it was coming and that your children are welcome to be part of it if they want to be. If you think your child might want to perform, and it seems as if I haven't already talked to them, could you let me know?

We will need some help with set up and take down for the night, so if any of you plan to come and are willing to help with that, it would be greatly appreciated. Also, I was hoping that we could have some light snacks or refreshments available. If you think you or your child will attend and are willing to bring some snacks or drinks, please let me know that as well. I'll be sending out more information about the night as we get closer to it. Hope to see you there! Any questions to Tim Simmons - tim.simmons@dvfs.org.


dv spring music festival

We are planning a very special event in just a few weeks that is open to anyone willing to participate. It is our first annual DVFS Music Festival. The event will take place in the meeting room at DV on Saturday, April 21st from 6-9 PM.

The vision for this night is an "open mic" style performance during which the many musicians and performers among us can be heard. We are still in the process of planning the details, but I just wanted you all to know that it was coming and that your children are welcome to be part of it if they want to be. If you think your child might want to perform, and it seems as if I haven't already talked to them, could you let me know?

We will need some help with set up and take down for the night, so if any of you plan to come and are willing to help with that, it would be greatly appreciated. Also, I was hoping that we could have some light snacks or refreshments available. If you think you or your child will attend and are willing to bring some snacks or drinks, please let me know that as well. I'll be sending out more information about the night as we get closer to it. Hope to see you there! Any questions to Tim Simmons - tim.simmons@dvfs.org.


Delaware Valley Friends School's Romeo & Juliet Remix delighted audiences of parents, faculty, students, and friends during its run on March 15, 16 and 17, 2018. This was the culmination of a 7-month project that began in September with a team of student writers who took Shakespeare's original story and reworked it for modern times – re-imagining the characters, re-writing the script, and creating original songs. The "remixed" version featured an edgier Juliet with a distinctively feminist sensibility played by junior Naomi Wattles, a comedic and overwrought Romeo played by junior Liam Swiggard, Tybalt and Mercutio played by female actors junior Anya Metts and freshman Kayla Shenk, a trio of Charlie Chaplain era inspired police persons replacing the character of the Prince played by middle school students Adriana DiPlacido, Cami Yard, and Sophie Lyczak, and Friar Lawrence, played by senior John Coleman, rewritten as MC Friar – a rapping clergyman whose musical numbers conveyed a synopsis of plot to the audience. The students also wrote an unexpected alternate ending to the story. See the full story-->
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