The Fine Arts Department of Wayland Academy creates opportunities for creative expression for all students through classes, performances, and extracurricular activities. The Wayland Fine Arts Department promotes the study and practice of visual and performing arts as an essential aspect of a comprehensive educational experience. We believe in the certainty that every child capable of learning and mastering artistic disciplines, is artistically expressive, and deserves the opportunity to explore that capability. The fine arts curriculum allows students to experience and to become proficient in different disciplines. All students are required to obtain one Fine Arts credit for graduation.
The performing arts curriculum offers large group instrumental and choral ensembles; private instruction in piano, instrumental, and voice; and classes including Music Theory and Music History. Instrumental Music offers courses including Concert Band and Jazz Band. Choral Music large ensembles include Concert Choir and Contemporary A capella Choir. All large ensembles meet daily during the school day, with weekly small group lessons provided.
Students who prefer one-on-one instruction may take weekly private piano, instrumental or vocal lessons. These lessons are open to students of all levels and abilities. All performing arts students are encouraged to perform as small groups and individuals. These performances include in district and state festivals, assemblies, concerts, chapel, musicals, plays, and recitals. Performances emphasize different styles and genres of music.
The visual arts curriculum at Wayland offers instruction ranging from beginning to advanced art students. In introductory classes students focus on the elements and principles of basic art making. Advanced coursework, like Honors Art and Advanced Placement Studio Art, build on that focus while introducing new mediums and allowing students opportunities to work independently on projects. Students are encouraged to show their projects on campus and community shows. A year-long Graphic Arts and Media course is focused on creating art on a digital platform. Visual art incorporates technology with the addition of 3D printers, a digital kiln, and digital cameras.