Arts Overview

The Arts Department offers courses in visual arts, music, dance, poetry, film and theatre. We serve both experienced, passion-driven young artists and students with little or no previous exposure to arts education by offering a curriculum based on a “spiraling” model, with flexibility for a multi-level approach within each classroom. 

Our arts faculty is comprised of committed educators who are also working artists themselves within their respective fields. We actively seek out enrichment opportunities that will expose our students to contemporary and classic work through field trips to professional performances, private lessons, masterclasses, and guest artists who present and speak about their work.

Dance

The Dublin School Contemporary Dance Program offers training centered in classical modern and ballet techniques with exposure to other popular styles and cross-training techniques, including hip hop, jazz, tap and social and world dance forms. Mastery of the craft of dancing is achieved through deeply physical work. 

Dance is offered in the fall as an athletics option and is open to all students irrespective of experience.  During the fall, students will be selected to become members of the Dublin Dance Ensemble, a group that will run throughout the year. Dancers in the Dance Ensemble participate in specially scheduled evening and weekend classes and rehearsals that run throughout the academic year. This provides more serious dancers the opportunity to train year-round, while still having the opportunity to participate in other sports and activities.

Fine and Studio Arts

Our Fine and Studio Arts curriculum caters to students of all abilities. Whether you're dabbling in painting for the first time or developing a robust sculpture portfolio,  you'll have the opportunity to hone your creative voice. In recent years Dublin students have gone on to pursue their passions at schools such as the Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, Cornell University, and the Art Institute of Boston.

Dublin's Portfolio Program is for those students who wish to take their art studies even farther. Geared toward juniors and seniors, this advanced independent study curriculum satisfies our winter sports requirement. A considerable amount of art history is also folded into the work.

Our new studio building, which opened in 2012, is a first-class facility with dedicated 2D, photography, 3D space and The Putnam Gallery.

Music

Our Music Program is characterized by a diversity of experiences we provide in Music Theory, Vocal and Instrumental Performance, as well as in Production and Electronic Music. A student-centered approach ensures that students are provided with academic and extra-curricular opportunities of varying lengths and credit options  to meet each student’s individual needs and interests. At Dublin, students can select from standard secondary school offerings like Introduction to Music, Glee Club, and Jazz Band, as well as from courses more commonly offered at the college level. 

Our facilities are first-class, and include a multipurpose classroom, rehearsal spaces, a gorgeous new performance theater with indoor and outdoor stages, recital hall with grand piano, and a state-of-the-art MAC recording studio. Regardless of class, ensemble, or their plans in music, our students are challenged to use creativity, imagination, and discipline to realize their dreams. 

Theater

Our Theater Arts program serves up one of the highlights of the season when it stages its annual show at the end of winter term. For those who are a part of it—in a typical year some 35 students have a hand in the production—the production fulfills Dublin's winter sports requirement. Theater students form a tight-knit group to take on a demanding, intense, and rewarding creative process. It culminates in five sold-out performances in our 125-seat theater in the Fountain Arts Building. Recent shows have included City of Angels, Once on this Island, Urinetown, Into the WoodsLittle Shop of Horrors and Hair.

At the center of the Theater Arts program is a strong academic component. The curriculum is constructed to give students a strong taste of stage work as well an appreciation for the importance of the theater in shaping the world and culture around them.