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

Parents: we encourage you to take home your student's artwork before school is out for the summer. Ceramics can be taken home immediately. A perfect time to take home flat work (work on the walls) is just after the awards ceremonies in June.

PLEASE ask for the assistance of an art teacher to remove art from frames. Do not take the frames home. The frames are property of the Art Department.

Thank you!

The Philadelphia Mini Makers Faire is looking for inventors, startups, artists, hobbyists, science clubs, creatives of all kinds for the first Philly Mini Maker Faire. You can exhibit any work - robotics, interactive art, VR, electronics, textiles, fashion, biotech, performance, filmmaking, rocketry, 3D printing, green technology, inventions, metalsmithing, glass-working, toys and anything else fun and interesting. For more information CLICK HERE.

photo of an old tv screen shell that is being covered with objects and tiles pieces to make a mosaic

The art department is in need of empty plastic yogurt cups for painting class, and also some fun, 3D objects to mosaic (wooden boxes for example).

Any questions - ask Jodi -

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.

Join us next Friday, May 11, 2018, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm.
We hope to see you there!

This year's Annual Golden Rolling Pin Culinary Arts Competition took place on Friday, April 27th. The competition is the end-of-year highlight of the Culinary Arts Program, and any student who has taken a culinary arts class with Norma this school year is allowed to participate. Students form teams, create menus, spend class time preparing and another class period cooking and plating their meals.
Delaware Valley Friends School
19 E. Central Avenue, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
Phone: 610.640.4150
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