The Arts program connects students to humanity through hands-on projects that require inquiry, curiosity, correlation, response, and analysis.
At Pennington, being involved with the Arts calls upon both individual and collaborative skill sets. We teach and guide students through creative processes in order to think critically, connect to and create story, to identify and participate in human commonalities, as well as to make sense of and express their understanding of the world.
Students in the Pennington Arts program are empowered with possibilities. While we are proud of the shared experiences they experience in the program, it is the students’ unique perspectives and backgrounds that allow their interests and strengths to guide their exploration of music, theatre, and visual art.
The Pennington Arts program prepares students for careers that require the skill sets listed above and participation in the arts as both avocation and vocation. The Middle School classes explore courses in each of the three disciplines during the school day and related arts activities outside of the daily schedule. The upper-level classes and extracurricular activities provide students with the necessary skills and experiences to pursue the arts at the college level and beyond.
Outside the Pennington Presbyterian Church, the ground glistened and shone with a fresh coating of snow. On the inside, a warm holiday spirit filled the air during the annual Service of Lessons and Carols on December 18.
On December 11, twelve Middle School students in the electives Middle School Singers and Instrumental Lab spread some holiday cheer by performing a number of hit songs for the Hopewell Valley Senior Center. About fifteen senior citizens from the area enjoyed coffee, tea, and snacks while the Middle School students played instrumental music and sung holiday songs.
Suzanne Houston first saw this play over fifteen years ago at McCarter Theatre and she has wanted to direct it ever since. What is the “secret” of the play’s title? Mary Zimmerman, the playwright, once explained that it has a double meaning. The first is about the “wings” of a stage; the audience never knows what is going on back there or what will emerge next. The second, more serious meaning, is that the secret represents those things or events in childhood that mark us for life. Most people we meet will never know or understand what we have experienced.