Our Visual and Performing Arts Department provides courses and extracurricular opportunities which challenge and encourage each student to develop her own understanding of and abilities in an array of arts disciplines: dance, theatre, film, music, and visual arts. Through both individual and collaborative project-based learning, students discover their life-long love for the arts while actively engaging in qualitative problem-solving, research, technology, and aesthetic literacy. Girls unite theory with application as they acquire their own personal aesthetic vision; we emphasize artistic skills, sustained practice, risk-taking, interdisciplinary exploration, global context, and etiquette and ethics. Creativity is native to all the arts and prepares students to be visionaries in the 21st century.
“The Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) curriculum at Castilleja teaches students far more than basic art and performance skills. The arts also teach them design thinking, aesthetic literacy, and problem solving abilities. Connections are constantly being made between our curricular and co-curricular programs to reinforce student learning.”
—Helen Shanks, VPA Department Head