The Arts

The Arts are infused into every aspect of life at Siena. Students study photography, drawing and painting, music, film, claymation and more. The arts are also integrated into every one of their academic classes on a daily basis--from English to math to foreign language--as Siena engages the visual and creative strengths of its students throughout the school day.

Siena student work has won awards in various area competitions, including:
  • Washington School of Photography annual competition
  • Fotoweek DC
  • Congressional Arts Competition
  • Photoworks Youth Photography Competition
In addition to classroom instruction, students typically take a range of arts-based field trips to several of the outstanding cultural institutions in the area. Typical trips include such events as: the Nutcracker ballet at the Kennedy Center, a visit to the National Gallery of Art, interactive and participatory theater workshops at The Folger Theater, symphonic performances and many others.

Siena maintains an "Artist-in-Residence" to further develop and strengthen the school's ties with the contemporary art community.  The artist-in-residence is an accomplished professional artist who annually organizes student art exhibitions, and creates a commissioned piece for the school.

In photography, students explore digital photography, and Siena's darkroom provides opportunities to explore print photography. Students study aspects of light and composition and student photojournalists cover a wide variety of events at Siena.
In art classes, students study art history that is tied to their humanities' curriculum, and participate in a wide variety of artistic expression, including oil painting, watercolor, charcoal drawing, mosaics, printmaking and sculpture. In past years, students have produced a variety of film and claymation projects, designed, written, performed and produced by students.

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