The Performing and Visual Arts are as vital to a liberal arts education as are academic subjects.
Every student at The Northwest School takes two arts classes at all times. The result is that the arts are for everyone at our school—not just for stars. No student will graduate without having danced, made music, and acted on stage. Some will go on to college and professional careers in the arts; some might never perform again. But every student will leave with a personal understanding of the discipline and courage it takes to make art, and with a memory of the joy that comes from being cheered wildly on stage by one's peers.
Our Ceramics Studio is one of the largest facilities in Seattle, where students shape and fire 5,000 lbs. of clay each year. The new Photography Lab is comparable to photo labs on many college campuses.
Every teacher is a practicing professional artist, so students are exposed to role models who live their arts. Guests bring their arts into our school from around the world, and we send performing groups out into the community. We stage music and theatre performances at the Broadway Performance Hall, Benaroya Hall, Town Hall, and Meany Hall—University of Washington.
The overriding goal of our program is to equip our students to enjoy the arts long after they leave The Northwest School. We hope we are creating good audiences who will support the performing arts out of love, and who will look deeply into the intent of the composer, playwright, or choreographer. Above all, we wish our students a lifetime of pleasure and participation.