The Arts at Oldfields
Small School, Big Talent.
The ability to express oneself in new and different ways is part of the core experience at Oldfields and nowhere is that more beautifully demonstrated than in Oldfields’ abundant Arts Program. Whether a beginner or experienced artist, our students are encouraged to explore their inner aspirations and depths and share them through dance, theatre, music, and visual arts. We celebrate the critical link between learning in the arts and our core curriculum. We believe that when students are encouraged to take risks, accept challenges, learn from failure, and embrace inspiration, they excel in amazing ways that go far beyond the arts.
The opportunities to express oneself through dance are seemingly endless at Oldfields. As is the hallmark of an Oldfields experience, every girl, from beginners to the extensively trained, finds a joyful space to shine.
Dancers can participate in jazz, hip-hop, and ballet classes in addition to master classes offered throughout the year. Other options include After-school Dance, which meets the athletic requirement, and the award-winning Oldfields Dance Company which performs in numerous on and off-campus events. Be sure to check out our student-led K-pop group, Dreamcatchers—always a crowd favorite!
The Oldfields Theatre Program is a wonderful way to become well-versed in every aspect of putting on a theatrical production including acting, designing, and stage crew. Whether you just want to dip your big toe in the acting arena or burst on stage as the lead, a variety of comedies, dramas, and of course, musicals, provide opportunities throughout the year. Collaboration with other local schools as well as our own dance and arts departments add to the richness of the experience.
Classes are offered in drama and public speaking. After school theatre also fulfills and athletic requirement.
The Fine Arts have long been an essential part of an Oldfields education, starting when art study was taught by the School's founder, Anna Austen McCulloch in the 1870s. Oldfields seeks to foster the creative potential in every student, beginners and experienced alike, through a dynamic and diverse fine arts program. In our visual arts classes, we foster the development of critical thinking along with building technical skills in art. Our visual arts classes do this through discourse, writing and reflection on the creative process.
Course offerings in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, applied design, and the digital arts allow our graduates to be accepted at top art schools such as the Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt Art Institute, and Rochester Institute of Technology.
Oldfields students never miss an opportunity to share their vocal or instrumental talents! Whether it is during Morning Meeting, a Holiday Concert, the Annual Talent Show or an impromptu performance at dinner by our a capella group—music is an integral part of daily life. In addition, our Musical Concert Series provides our students to a wide variety of musicians including acts that performed on America’s Got Talent, Japanese drummers, beat boxers, classical flutists and so much more.
Recent Guest Performers
The Oldfields Music Department provides the opportunity for students to study a variety of musical instruments and voice via private lessons. For those less serious about their craft, the Gross Notes Club, offers a chance to sing just for the joy, and sometimes humor, of it. Musical Highlights