The fine arts program at Westfield, including drama, music, visual arts, and publications, offers opportunities for individual expression and group interaction at all ages.
Music education begins at pre-kindergarten and continues through Upper School. Students in Lower School are taught with the Orff-Schulwerk method of instruction; students in Middle School participate in a music enrichment class; and choral ensemble, music appreciation, and performance classes in choral music are options available to interested students in grades 9-12. Middle and Upper School choruses perform concerts throughout the school year. The Upper School choral group has the opportunity to participate in a touring performance bi-annually. These tours have included performances in Carnegie Hall; the Mormon Tabernacle; Vancouver, British Columbia; New Orleans; and Disney. In addition, the drama and music departments combine for a spring dramatic/musical production in alternating years. Upper School chorus students compete in the GISA Literary meet each year.
The visual arts program at Westfield begins at the kindergarten level and ends with a four-year elective program in the Upper School grades. Lower School art classes explore the foundations of visual design through creative hands-on projects using various media. In the Middle School, students participate in a visual art enrichment class. This class emphasizes different art styles and art history. Upper School elective Studio Art builds on the basics of 2 and 3 dimensional design and offers individuals instruction and portfolio development. Upper School students also have the opportunity to take courses in art appreciation and theatre/stage set and design.
Drama is an integral part of the education process for Westfield students. The Lower School students participate in grade appropriate performances each year and in an annual musical revue for Grandparents’ Day. Other opportunities to perform include classroom performances and talent shows. The Westfield drama department participates in the GISA One-Act Play annual competition and also presents a Winter drama production.
Humanities studies are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students of all ages attend plays, visit museums, and enjoy on-campus productions. Writing and artistic skills taught in the classroom are extended to elective courses in multimedia journalism and yearbook production, as well as in spring literary competitions including both argumentative and creative writing.
Literary Team Wins Region Championship!
Congratulations to our Literary Team for earning first place in the 2018 GISA 4AAA Region Literary meet! Westfield was the only school in the region to have students place in all 14 categories. The Westfield Literary Team also won region in 2017. Congratulations to the following students: Adam Chalmers, 1st place Argumentative Essay; Sophie McEntee, 1st place Dramatic Oral Interpretation; Jack McClain, 1st place Boys Solo; Sophie McEntee, Eve Hardy, and Lucy Swearingen, 1st place Girls Trio; Ellie Knight, 2nd place Rhetorical Essay; Gracie Johnson, 2nd place Humorous Oral Interpretation; Lucy Swearingen and Madelaine Kinnebrew, 2nd place Duo Oral Interpretation; Garrett Rozier, 2nd place Impromptu Extemporaneous Speaking; Lucy Swearingen, 2nd place Girls Solo; Jack McClain, Adam Chalmers, Tyler Malakius, and Drake Jones, 2nd place Boys Quartet; Madelaine Kinnebrew, 3rd place Spelling; Caroline Brewer, 3rd place U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking; Dillon Partain, 3rd place Piano; and Gracie Johnson, 3rd place Personal Essay. All students placing either first or second will advance to the State Literary competition on March 20th at Gordon College. #westfieldliterary #backtobackregionchampions
One Act Wins Region!
Congratulations to our One Act cast, crew, and director, Mrs. Kathy Stubbs, upon winning the 2017 GISA 4AAA Region Championship! Their performance of #Viral by Maria McConville will advance to the GISA AAA State Competition on Thursday, November 16th. Congratulations also to Leeanna Allen and Laura Liz Bryan who received Outstanding Performer Awards! #westfieldoneact #westfieldfinearts