Exposure to music, theater, and visual arts begins in kindergarten, where every child has an opportunity to develop as a joyful singer, dancer, actor, and inventive storyteller. Each Friday morning, elementary children raise their voices to harmonize traditional Wildwood songs. Visual art projects tie to curriculum, so that if children are reading about California fauna in social studies, they also may sculpt an animal that illustrates the lesson.
Middle and Upper School
Middle school and upper school students have a range of opportunities to explore their artistic talents, both during and after school.
Visual artists can exhibit their paintings, drawings, photos, and sculptures in the Student Art Gallery. Under the mentorship of a teacher, shows are curated by groups or individual students who design the exhibit and write artists’ statements that illuminate their vision. Every gallery show kicks off with an evening reception, giving parents and friends the opportunity to view the art and appreciate the artists.
In addition to enrollment in Performing Arts elective courses, students who are passionate about theater can take part in the middle school or upper school productions, an all-school musical in the spring, and four student-directed productions. Beyond acting and directing, students have technical theatre opportunities that include set construction, designing, and running lights and sound or working on costumes, hair, and makeup.
Upper school students also may participate in the annual Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC) Theatre Festival. Wildwood School’s after-school Performing Arts program is an inclusive community that supports the creative growth of each student.
Wildwood’s music department offers students opportunities to compose, play, and perform music using an array of instruments, including pianos, guitars, bass guitars, percussion, saxophones, trumpets, recorders, and violins. In addition, the school has a library of recorded and notated music—all of which serve as inspiration for student compositions. Young musicians perform their own compositions at several concerts throughout the year, including Cabaret Night, the Winter Concert, and the Jazz Concert in the spring. The Wildwood chorus gives vocalists the opportunity to sing their own arrangements of classic and original works.