The Arts have been a major focus of the Collegiate curriculum since the school’s founding over 50 years ago. From our youngest students in the Early Childhood division through the Upper School, visual arts are incorporated into the day-to-day activities to support the development of critical thinking skills and appreciation for both contemporary and historical art. Dedicated art teachers are found in each division to ensure our students have the opportunity to learn and create. The Collegiate curriculum includes courses in:
- Studio and the visual arts – all Lower School students take the study of art history and are taught the foundations of design, combined with the opportunity to create art pieces in various media. Middle and Upper School students can take art electives to further hone their skills.
- Drama – WCS supports an active theater program that introduces Middle School and Upper School students to drama through improvisation, story study, and characterization. The drama class lays the foundation for a variety of formal productions. Major productions are staged each year for the 4th grade, 5th and 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade, and Upper School, producing original and standard repertory plays.
- Videography – Film classes are offered at the Upper School and incorporate the latest technology to enable students to create commercials, parodies, documentaries and more.
- Photography – Photography classes are an elective for the Upper School students. A large digital photography lab enables our students to apply the fundamentals of photography they are taught in the class.
WCS Upper School students also have the opportunity to participate in the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Annual Fine Arts Festival. This festival is a premiere arts festival for students in grades 9-12 with an average of 30 schools participating each year. Collegiate is the only school in the state of Kansas who is a member of ISAS and who participates in the festival.
The Collegiate Enrichment Academy provides excellent after-school opportunities for students to explore his or her interests in fine arts and other areas through private or group instruction. Experienced teachers provide convenient and focused classes on the WCS campus. Learn more about the Collegiate Enrichment Academy by viewing our catalog.