It’s hard to believe, but there are schools at which students actually spend more time at their lockers than they do in art classes. Not at Charles Wright. We believe that arts education is vital in every grade and that the arts give children a critical path for creative self-expression, foster confidence and overall academic performance, open minds, and powerfully enrich the Charles Wright experience.

During their Middle School years, Charles Wright students explore a variety of forms of expression through both visual and performing arts. What is most unique about our program is that every student takes full-year courses in both art departments every year of Middle School.

There is a sixth grade choir and a beginning band for those learning new instruments. Seventh and eighth graders produce a Middle School musical each semester, study theater technique in workshop format, play in the Middle School band, and play with Upper Schoolers in the string orchestra.

In their visual art class, sixth graders explore many new techniques, gaining experience with every medium we teach at Charles Wright. The seventh grade visual arts course focuses on woodworking and glass. Alumni and their parents treasure their hand-carved duck decoys and glass kaleidoscopes. The eighth grade course explores a variety of mediums including clay, painting, drawing, architecture, and digital photography. Concerts and art shows are regular events in the Middle School. Both the sixth and eighth grade courses are considered foundations classes. Exposure to the full range of art offerings in the Upper School helps students select the visual arts courses that are most interesting to them for the next four years.

Additionally, the CWA Arts Boosters raise funds for visual and performing arts department needs and to celebrate, support, promote and enhance arts education. If you would like to register as an Arts Booster for the 2016-2017 academic year and help to provide the lifelong benefit of a quality arts education, please click here.