A strong arts program is essential for children to grow intellectually, culturally and creatively.

Through the Arts, Students Gain

  • insight into their own humanity,
  • communication skills,
  • an understanding of the commonality of artistic pursuits among people across time and cultures,
  • an appreciation for the importance of teamwork and individual commitment to the success of a collaborative effort,
  • personal growth,
  • heightened observation skills,
  • the ability to analyze, criticize and to make aesthetic judgments about their own work and the work of others, and
  • the time and opportunity to express a keener awareness of the world around them.
Randolph’s visual and performing arts program is designed to offer students a variety of aesthetic experiences. The emphasis is on participation, process, and expression, not on product or performance. Yet something magical occurs as students discover their own creative spirits and voices. Thespians win top honors in Trumbauer competitions, artists find their creations selected for prestigious exhibitions, and sweet melodies from choirs and hand chimes delight and entertain audiences throughout the state.

Arts courses are woven into each grade at Randolph. Kindergarten students begin by exploring line, shape, color, and texture, the tools through which the language of art develops. Later, students may create hand puppets of Peter and the Wolf while listening to Prokofiev’s orchestral version of the fable with instruments playing dramatic roles. They study the lives and techniques of O’Keefe and Cézanne, Chopin and Mozart. Through voices and instruments, students learn to read, perform, and appreciate music.

Once students master the fundamentals, they move toward more personal expression. They may join the band or choir, or they may take courses in art history, painting, drawing, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, ceramics, photography, and theater. Randolph offers a sophisticated AP program for juniors and seniors where they may produce their own design portfolio. Whatever the artistic journey, students emerge with greater insights into themselves and see a new consciousness of the creative forces that shape our world and its cultures.

In 2013-14, 93% of all Upper School students are choosing to participate in arts classes beyond the required courses.
The arts engage all types of learners and help to develop each into sensitive, curious, caring and creative people. This video about the arts at Randolph was created by students in the Upper School video news club in 2013.