The Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts Department strives to provide a myriad of experiences and a comprehensive arts program for students in preschool through Grade 12 to initiate and build skills important in a solid education. Drama, dance, music-both vocal and instrumental-visual arts, literary arts, forensic, and film courses enable students to reach their full potential and encourage them to experiment with and develop creativity.
In music, our performing groups accomplish remarkable feats that annually places them among the finest programs in the state. The department of theatre and dance participate in experiences that are often found at the college level. The visual arts program produces outstanding young artists, some of whom have works exhibited on the national level.
Over the past decade, the students in our arts programs at Detroit Country Day School have flourished under the guidance of our visionary arts faculty. Our faculty's enthusiasm to share their passion for the arts is truly infectious and inspiring for our students.
Class of 2019
Number of seniors receiving an arts conservatory designation.
Student musicals and plays
Our students perform in a state-of-the-art auditorium.
The current number of full-time faculty members who are part of the Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts Department.
There are so many careers that draw from skills you learn by being involved in the arts, both directly and indirectly. I look forward to continuing to build upon this for the careers of the future.
~ Jim Davis, Executive Director of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts
- Concert Band
- Concert Orchestra
- Jazz Band
- Honors Symphonic Orchestra (audition required)
- Middle School audition groups: Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, and Chamber Ensemble.
From foundational to introductory to advanced classes in drawing and painting, students have the opportunity to explore various mediums and exercises to strengthen their artistic ability, curiosity, and problem solving skills.
More advanced students can then build on their creative skills and expand their art acumen by taking classes in Fashion Research and Design, and Fibers and Textiles.
In the ceramics studio, students are introduced from the process of construction through the completion of finished pieces. They can then moved to an advanced class where techniques on hand-building and the wheel are further developed.
Students can then move into classes focused on the study and methods of sculpture. These classes emphasize aesthetics and learning about materials to produce sculptures safely with hand and power tools.
Students are introduced to basic metal working techniques utilized in the fabrication of jewelry. Students learn the unique design challenges inherent to jewelry when trying to strike a balance between form, function and imagery.
Classes beyond the introduction level adds lessons on the processes of Lost Wax Casting, Carbon Casting, 3-D printing and CAD.
Students are introduced to classic photography techniques of a darkroom, and move to modern day digital and technology techniques associated with today's artistic photography.
Besides specific introductory and advanced classes in photography, courses in Computer Graphics and Digital Photography, and Mixed Media Exploration are offered to students with a solid foundation in photography.
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