The Arts, both visual and performing, are essential to life, learning and creative problem solving. The Art Department at Westover provides an immersive and varied program that facilitates an interchange of ideas that encourages students to become more aware of the world around them. Through collaborative and independent learning processes and the mastery of thoroughly taught skills, students learn to see clearly, listen acutely, think critically, and to explore creatively so that they can move and express themselves with confidence.


The Arts, both visual and performing, are essential to life and to learning. Art courses encourage a student to become more aware of the world around her, to appreciate beauty, and to make use of thoroughly taught skills to express herself with confidence.

Two credits in the Arts are required for graduation. Freshmen and new sophomores are required to take Introduction to Visual Art, and those planning to take Advanced Studio courses should take Elements of Art.

View the entire Curriculum Guide

Department Chairs

Bob Havery, Performing
Juilliard School, B.M., M.S.

Sara Poskas, Visual

Oberlin College, BA
University of Illinois, MA
Teaching Certification

In the Arts Events

Who: Colin Burke

When: March 27-May 5th

Open reception: May 5, 5:15 p.m. till 6:30

Artist talk: April 21st, 9:51-10:15 a.m; guest workshop in Photography class, 2:05-3:25 p.m.

Artist Statement:

I choose to work with antique photographic processes, large format cyanotype photograms and months-long exposures made with hand built pinhole cameras, to explore the elasticity of time, plasticity of memory, and the consistent rhythm of nature. The work is meant to remind us that the power of the sun, the cycle of the seasons and the earth's rotation were happening well before humans existed and will likely continue long after we're gone.

Who: Jacqueline Siefert '07

When: May 12th-June 2nd

Open reception: May 12th from 5-7 as part of Alumnae Weekend.

Learn more here

In Ceramics 1 this spring term, Elizabeth '19 demonstrated how to do paper quilling - where paper is curled and formed into shapes or designs which can then be glued together and pressed into clay as an original stamp.

On Friday, Feb. 24, Gracey Greco '17, this year's SOMSI intern, presented a symposium analyzing Monet's Haystack Paintings in Hill-Stead's Collection.
You can watch her presentation via the Westover Livestream account here.

LBD Performing Arts Center

In Novemeber of 1961, ground was broken for the construction of the Louise Bulkley Dillingham Student Activities Building (LBD).
In 1962, the building was officially dedicated in honor of Westover's second headmistress.
In 1963, Coagess noted that the LBD was "a building which increased opportunity, while preserving Westover's essential spirit." The original structure was designed to house both the School's athletic facilities and its performing arts space.

Westover's Schumacher Gallery, located in the LBD Performing Arts Center, exhibits work throughout the year by professional artists, including photography, painting, ceramics and multimedia works.

More information can be found on the In The Gallery Page.

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