Create, Produce, Design, Perform
At Hyde School, all students participate in the arts and— in case we haven’t mentioned it—athletics, performing arts, community service, and campus jobs, as well. Only at Hyde will students say they never feel left out!
Do you want to imagine what it’s like to be a student involved in the arts at Hyde? Some examples might be:
- Students singing, acting, and dancing—at Hyde, there are two Performing Arts shows during Fall and Spring Family Weekends.
- Students exploring their artistic potential by creating visual arts masterpieces in the Art Barn—an old, renovated barn with a soaring front window that allows natural light to bathe the studio, or digitally creating in the Digital Arts Labs.
- Students recording original music in a fully-equipped professional recording studio.
We’re willing to bet there’s an artist inside you. You provide the canvas, and we’ll supply the paintbrush and paint.
And, by the way, don’t be surprised if your sculpture gets tagged with a sold label during the annual spring gallery, or if your tapped-out dancing shoes have to carry you on stage for just one more encore.
The Music program at Hyde is very unique and consists of four major components;
Annual Nashville Trip
Bold: Songs of the Blue & Gold
Summer Songwriting Workshop
Each of these components contributes to the broad scope of what Hyde has to offer students interested in music. We develop their curiosity and confidence by teaching them to write, perform, and appreciate music.
Our big, tough football players sing and dance. Our artsy (and occasionally geeky) singers and dancers play football. It’s all good…ONLY AT HYDE
All students and faculty members collaborate to produce two major musical productions per year–in the fall and spring–as well, as a number of smaller performances throughout the year. Parents, too, perform for their students at the annual Spring Fling–an event eagerly anticipated by the student body.
Through Hyde’s infamous “auditions,” students, as well as teachers, face their fears of public singing and generally overcome them with ease. Freshmen who timidly squeak out Row, Row, Row Your Boat for their first audition, unavoidably become seniors who belt out cheesy 80s rock ballads while sporting fake mullets. And, occasionally, a faculty member cannot resist inflicting a Guns and Roses classic on the community.
You will likely discover that there is a part of you that loves being on stage, and you will be in awe of yourself when you complete your first audition–whether or not you are a future Grammy winner, such as our friend Michael McDonald. If you do think you are the next American Idol, you should check out the Songwriter’s Workshop.
The mission of the Dance Program at Hyde School is to provide dancers with comprehensive artistic training, and to foster individual self-expression, a passion for the art form, school spirit, and teamwork. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to explore culturally diverse dance backgrounds and traditions, and to encourage and prepare each dancer for further study at the college level in the fields of performance, choreography, or dance education.
At Hyde-Woodstock, students begin taking the stage as freshmen, each trimester covering a different area such as singing or dancing, and in the spring they take on a major production. Past productions have included the musicals Chicago, Urinetown, and Pirates of Penzance.
Choose your medium–wood, clay, oil paints, metal, charcoal, bacon fat? Hyde’s visual arts program offers it all, as well as creative, educational environments to turn material into a masterpiece. Emphasis is also placed on treating the studio as a community in which support and feedback is provided for fellow artists. The result is a thriving arts program that will nurture your creative talents.
Student projects are placed on display at formal gallery events each fall and spring. The young artists enjoy the pleasure of watching browsers gaze at their art and more than a few have sold their pieces.
Here are the course offerings for 2017-2018:
Foundations in Art
This course is for the student who has an interest in the visual arts, yet minimal art experience, or little or no formal art training. The student explores many processes, concepts, and artistic principles. Students are then be able to move on to specific interest areas in the art curriculum.
This woodworking course introduces students woodworking using a variety of power and hand tools. Students implement constructions and joinery techniques in design projects. No prior woodworking experience needed.
This intermediate-level ceramic course focuses on developing skills in working with clay, including hand-building, wheel-throwing, glazing, and firing techniques. Students focus on design, emphasizing the interaction of the user with the object.
AP Studio Art
Advanced Placement Studio Art is an honors-level class set up to prepare and develop portfolios for the AP review. Rigorous, yet self-driven, students are encouraged to develop their own voice and style through a variety of art practices and mediums. The fall term will be centered on creating 12 pieces for the breadth section of the portfolio, while the rest of the year is centered on developing a set of twelve concentration pieces that deeply explore and investigate a theme. Studies of art history, art criticism, and group discussions takes place in conjunction with studio projects. AP students are required to display their artwork and participate in an art exhibit in the local community.