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Visual & Performing Arts

Paired with natural curiosity and imagination, new skills give students the means to interpret society and express identity.

What We Offer

The arts experience at Northwood School begins with each student’s creativity, and is fostered by faculty who draw on their own artistic experience to grow each student’s skills and inspire their journey into new spaces and mediums. Explore painting, print-making, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, publishing, and a wide range of musical instruments practiced solo and in groups. Art and music co-curricular options vary by season, and students are encouraged to take a first-hand approach to discovery and mastery of skills. Local resources create a vibrant arts scene off-campus: the Pendragon Theater Company travels from nearby Saranac Lake for on-campus performances and there are opportunities to collaborate in productions at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

To see a full list of course offered please visit our Arts Offering page

Taking Center Stage

Students become creators at Northwood School and have the opportunity to express their creative visions through performance. Musicians display their talents at Northwood Cafe open-mic events, aspiring authors and poets participate in workshops with the Adirondack Center for Writing, and students lead in the spotlight and behind the scenes in student-directed theatric productions. For every interest, discipline, and skill set, students learn to take the initiative to expand their horizons, share their perspective, and engage their community through the visual and performing arts. 

A peek at what our students have experienced:

  • Book signings with alumni at the Bookstore Plus.
  • Visit a local nursing home to sketch resident portraits.
  • Tour local artist galleries and studios.
  • English students attended the Listen Festival Spoken Word & Poetry Performance.
  • Participate in Northwood Book Club through the school’s library.
  • Performances of the Nutcracker at the LPCA.

As students discover the lively local Adirondack arts scene and tap into the knowledge and skills of our faculty, their ability to communicate an artistic vision will develop and advance. With imagination, there are no limits to what they can produce. 

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