A coeducational day school serving students JK-12

Upper

Arts programs at Latin inspire creativity, encourage students to pursue their passions and provide avenues to develop new skills.

Visual Arts

Latin’s arts program promotes success in a nurturing environment that helps students develop self-esteem, gives them freedom to learn from taking artistic risks and encourages them to take pride in their accomplishments. Students have many opportunities to share their art with others through public concerts, plays, exhibits, publications and presentations.

Courses include:

Computer Graphic
Design
Digital Image Making
Digital Video Production
Drawing 1 & 2
Fashion Design

Photography
Modern Art History
Observational Painting
Sculpture
Computer Aided
Design (CAD)

upper school student artwork

Performing Arts

Through performing arts classes, public concerts, plays and presentations, students cultivate skills that include learning technique, nomenclature, the ability to listen to each other, share ideas, work together, and be able to take creative risks in a safe and nurturing environment. Students have many opportunities to share their art with others through public concerts, plays and presentations.

Acting classes use improvisation, scene study, and games to work toward the goal of creating a real, honest world on stage. In doing so, students learn about themselves and the world around them. They are encouraged to look at life in a new way, and explore the world from the viewpoint of someone else. The acting curriculum has three levels: Acting Company, Intermediate Acting, and Advanced Acting.

Courses include:

Acting Company
Improv Company
Speech
Stagecraft
Wind Ensemble
Chicago Dance

Dance Technique
Dance CompanyDance Mentorship
Playwriting/Directing
Intro to Music
Technology
Music Theory

Participating in middle school and high school productions taught me so much about empathy and creative expression, and as I got older, I realized how much those skills in particular prepared me for leadership in the Latin community and beyond.

-alum

 

When students are conscious and proactive about learning, it provokes a more personal response to engaging with the material.

SEEING STARS >>

The upper school Advanced Acting Company class performed the play “Silent Sky” by Lauren Gunderson during the 2018-19 school year. This true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, whose quest to measure the distance of stars begins at Harvard Observatory and ends up changing our understanding of the universe.

Advanced Acting Company is made up of juniors and seniors who have taken classes in the upper school acting curriculum. The course culminates in a production fully produced and managed by students. With the rehearsal process embedded into class time throughout the semester, it allows the cast and crew to delve deeper into the play, spending more time on script and character analysis, ensemble building and dramaturgy, while also providing students opportunities to oversee behind-the-scenes work like costume and makeup design.




 

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Exhibits hosted annually in Latin's Gallery 2

We showcase the art of students, faculty & staff, alumni, and professional artists.

One of the reasons why theater is so important is that it teaches empathy and presentation skills, and I found myself applying both to my schoolwork outside of the shows.

-upper school student

Because of the amazing art teachers I had at Latin, I was able to become confident in the fact that art is what I enjoy doing more than anything else.

- alum

Outside the classroom
  • musical and non-musical theater productions
  • student art exhibits
  • VIDI photography magazine
  • ECCO art and literary magazine
  • yearbook club
  • Latones & Romanettes (male and female a capella groups), Gospel Choir, Student/Faculty Chorale
  • opportunities to participate in talent shows and improv performances
  • private voice/instrumental instruction