At Latin, we believe that the best way to learn about art is by experiencing the process of creating it.
Upper school students have a vast array of arts classes and activities to choose from. Latin offers a comprehensive menu of introductory courses as well as numerous in-depth experiences.
Courses include:Drawing, Printmaking, Design, Design Thinking, Fashion Design, Sculpture, Art History, Modern Art, AP Studio Art, Observational Painting, Photography, Digital Image Making, Digital Video, Advanced Digital Photography, and more.
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. Other courses include: Speech, Playwriting and Directing, Band, Jazz Band, Music Tech, Wind Ensemble, Chorus and Music Theory, and more. Dance classes include: Chicago Dance, Dance Technique, Dance Company and Dance Mentorship.
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.
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.
Exhibits hosted annually in Latin's Gallery 2
We showcase the art of students, faculty & staff, alumni, and professional artists.
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.
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