Visual & Performing Arts
Visual and performing arts are integral and popular parts of the Westridge experience.
Visual art classes are offered in a wide range of art media including painting, drawing, ceramics, digital media, and photography. All classes refine students' knowledge and implementation of formal art concepts such as line, pattern, volume, balance, positive and negative space, texture, color, and symmetry.
Courses encourage communicating ideas and concepts using visual language and developing hand-eye coordination. Emphasis is placed on independent and flexible thinking, a disciplined work ethic, risk-taking, and perseverance.
Artwork by the students is regularly displayed in the three galleries on campus. Each Upper School student is required to enroll in at least one studio art course and one music course before graduation, and many girls choose to take additional electives in these fields.
The Theatre Department offers courses in acting, play writing, directing, technical theater, and introduction to filmmaking. The Upper School presents five productions each year including a student-directed one-act play and a large cast musical.
The music program at Westridge includes choral instruction and orchestral ensemble study and performance. Courses are designed to establish a firm basis in classical training, style, and repertoire as the foundation for study and performance in the other areas of contemporary and popular music.
The Glee Club, Madrigals, and Upper School Orchestra perform within the school and larger community.