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Department Overview

The arts classes at Seattle Prep create and enable aesthetic perception and experiences through preparation, performance and hands-on creativity. The classes are taught by practicing artists to provide an enriching experience. Through the appreciation and analysis of masterworks, through familiarity with the languages of art, through dialogue and reflection, and through the creation of musical, visual and dramatic pieces, the arts come alive at Prep.

The arts provide tools with which students can perceive music, drama, filmmaking and visual art in terms of beauty. The aesthetic response to art is valuable, as it brings vividness and breadth to experience, and sharpens a student’s grasp of culture. More subtly, the value of aesthetics is that it teaches students how to receive what is presented to them as a gift.

Arts Department Curriculum

What follows is a list and brief description of arts class offerings. Each freshman rotates through a set sequence of four art classes throughout the year. After freshman year, each sophomore and junior is required to take one semester of an arts class each year. Seniors may continue their pursuit of the arts through various electives.

Meet the department chair

Melissa Dold teaches visual art classes including Freshman Art, Drawing, Printmaking, and AP Studio Art. She is married to artist, Kyle Cook, and they have two daughters, Harper and Calla. Melissa is a practicing artist and received her B.F.A. from the University of Washington, her M.F.A in painting from Boston University, and her teaching certificate from Pratt Institute in NY.