Arts at Maryvale
The Maryvale Upper School Art curriculum is designed to assist students in establishing an awareness of art as part of our daily existence through a disciplined-based program. Students become aesthetically aware of a wide range of visual forms, use criticism skills to judge artworks successfully, become aware of important paradigms throughout history, understand how to integrate the visual arts with other disciplines and discover how to create their own works of art through hands-on projects. Students are able to take Art 1 in freshman year and continue with art and digital media courses throughout high school. Students interested in pursuing art in college may apply for our visual art track beginning in the fall of 2014. Courses in this track will prepare students for the rigors of many fine arts related majors. Students enrolled in studio classes maintain a portfolio to be used for the college admission process along with scholarship entries. Students submit works for local exhibits and contests, including The Congressional Art Exhibit sponsored by Congressman Sarbanes, the MAEA student exhibit in Annapolis. Maryvale also has a very active chapter of the National Art Honor Society.
The Music and Drama Department at Maryvale offers students the chance to explore and develop interests in music, drama and dance throughout their years at Maryvale. We offer opportunities in choral music, instrumental ensembles, vocal performance, theatre arts and dance. Additionally, all Maryvale students study the fundamentals of music, music history and appreciation as part of our curriculum program. Our graduates are prepared to enjoy the performing arts as adults as either audience or performer. Each young woman leaves Maryvale with a greater knowledge of and appreciation for the arts that enrich our society.