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Arts Academy

Mission & Vision

Our mission for the Arts Academy is to provide students, with exceptional skills in visual and performing arts, a personally supportive and intellectually challenging environment to pursue their interests at a level of study which is specifically directed toward entrance into college and university arts programs.

Pallotti provides an intensive, pre-professional training in the areas of visual arts, music (vocal and instrumental), dance, and theatre combined with a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum.

The establishment of the Arts Academy signals a determination to expand the curriculum, faculty, and facilities in a way that will provide students interaction and study with arts professionals, participation in professionally-oriented productions, and the space in which to practice their craft to its fullest extent.

In August 2015, the school opened its brand new Arts Academy facilities including music practice rooms, arts studios, costume and scene shops, and rehearsal spaces. 

Areas of Study

In its second year, the Arts Academy will accept students into five areas of study: Vocal music, Instrumental music, Dance, Theatre arts, and Visual arts.

 

Dance

The program is intended to afford each participant the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging knowledge and appreciation of dance as an art form. To accomplish this, students will study dance skills and techniques in a curriculum that is progressive and demanding of increasing levels of accomplishment and finesse. In order to present well-informed and sophisticated performances, dancers will study the cultural and historical background of the various styles and genres of dance. Additionally, students will explore anatomy as it relates to dance, basic concepts of choreography, and the affective aspects of dance as a medium of human communication. Each day, dancers will participate in a double period of study that will include emphasis on both the applied and academic aspects of dance. Participation in major public performances will generate a large ensemble credit while individual or small group presentations allow students to earn small ensemble credit. 

Vocal & instrumental Music

The major areas of this program include vocal and instrumental performance. The scope of the program is broad enough to provide developing artists many chances to perform, either in the large performing ensembles or smaller chamber ensembles, while remaining focused enough to guarantee each student plenty of individual attention. Students will explore academic classes in the areas of Music History, Music Theory, vocal and instrumental techniques, and Music Technology. Participation in Jazz Combo and Creative Ensemble is offered to those students with an interest in improvisation. All music students are required to participate in the large school-wide vocal and instrumental ensembles as well as small ensembles limited to students enrolled in the Arts Academy.

Theatre Arts

The program develops students’ ability to perform various types of theatre productions, including monologues, one-act and full-length plays, improvisation, and musicals. Structured as a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum, the program offers a full range of courses in all areas of theatre arts, among them: acting, directing, performance production, theatre history, playwriting, musical theatre, as well as other specialized topics. Students may also receive course credit for working on faculty-directed productions. 

Visual Arts

The program encourages students to artistically display their intellectual and emotional interests. Students will pursue a course of study that begins with Fundamentals of Art and branches out to include painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, and digital art. Each student will have structured studio time focusing heavily on the practice of self-expression and building a portfolio of personal direction. Students will also explore the history of art as it relates to developing an understanding and knowledge of diverse historical and cultural contexts of architecture, sculpture, painting and other media.

 

Portfolio Criteria

      • Submit at least six (6) forms of artwork for review (For example, this can include photos of sculptures by various angles or viewpoints).
      • Applicant essay (maximum of 500 words) detailing your appreciation for art, projects you are currently working on and worked on in the past, and what techniques you would like to explore in the future at Pallotti.
      • Photocopies of awards received.  
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