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Arts

Pursue your creativity.

Through the arts, students learn to take creative risks, push beyond perceived boundaries, and discover new ways of expressing themselves and engaging with the community.

Our highly qualified and trained arts faculty are active in their respective disciplines, keeping our programs fresh and relevant. No matter the area of interest or level of experience, students have the opportunity to work privately with teachers.

Students have the opportunity to showcase their talents both on campus in our galleries and on our stages as well as in the community. Student artists regularly show their work in local and regional shows and performance groups participate in area competitions.

At Walker’s, the arts provide numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills so students can grow as leaders as well as artists by choreographing original works, holding leadership positions in performance groups, including our School’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society, or guiding teams of technical theater volunteers.

Arts in Partnership with the Community

The arts can help create connections and build community, and Walker’s students use their talents to serve. Here, students tap into their creativity while using organizational skills to deliver unique programs that create joy. Arts community service activities include student-designed dance classes for children with special needs, CT Inclusive Arts, Unified Art with Special Olympics athletes, and the Memory Project, an international program where students create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges.

Find Your Passion

Dance

Whether you are an experienced dancer or just starting out, classes are available for every experience level. You’ll be challenged to grow, and will have multiple opportunities to showcase your abilities.

Theater

Learn the fundamentals of performance through acting, singing, and dancing, and apply your knowledge to mainstage productions, including plays and musicals that range from classic to contemporary.

Music

Whether you are a novice or advanced musician, you can choose from a rich variety of musical classes and ensembles, such as Ethel Walker Choir or Orchestra.

Visual Arts

Our Visual Arts Program strives to provide our students with the opportunity to create, present, connect and respond to art through a variety of experiences and hands-on activities.

Arts Facilities

Art Studio
Art Studio

Walker’s spacious art studio with ample light and spacious views is fully-equipped with large tables, free-standing easels, mannequins, two printmaking presses, and independent studio spaces for art concentration students.

Dance Studio
Dance Studios

Walker’s state-of-the-art dance suite in the Centennial Center facility includes two dance studios with sprung floors.

Ferguson Theatre
Ferguson Theatre

Ferguson Theatre accommodates 350 people and is the site of dance concerts, several school productions such as the Middle School Play and the Upper School Spring Musical, and many more school performances.

Little Ferg
Little Ferg

Walker’s smaller black box theater, known as “Little Ferg,” is typically the site of our Winter Play and other performances.

Ceramics Studio
Ceramics Studio

Walker’s ceramics studio includes eight pottery wheels, a high-fire kiln, cleaning stations and ample room for working and glazing.

Music room
Music Rooms

There are several spaces for Walker’s musicians to rehearse on campus: a spacious choir room, four music practice rooms and our beautiful Chapel.

Arts News

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Reunion 2021
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Art Galleries

Walker’s offers two formal galleries for visiting artists and community members, including alumnae, to exhibit their work. Artists exhibit for approximately seven weeks, with the opening of the show celebrated with a reception that is open to the public and the Walker’s community. During receptions, students are invited to discuss the exhibited artwork with the artist, with many visiting artists conducting workshops for students in Walker’s visual art studios. Artists interested in exhibiting their work should contact Corina Alvarezdelugo at calvarezdelugo@ethelwalker.org or 860-408-4261.

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