High School Extended Day

  • PVA Foundations: A course taken by all freshman PVA students together at Studio 39. Students learn about the creative process, building artistic habits, and collaboration across the arts. Students are guided through the creative process and learn how to work together, how to give and receive feedback, and how to present their work to audiences at various stages. Students are given room to explore ideas, to combine art forms, and sometimes fail- reflecting, revising, and growing as artists along the way. This course is team taught by teachers with a range of artistic backgrounds. This course is aligned to the Senior Capstone process and prepares students to participate in Extended Day Projects. Students will participate in either a Fall, Winter, or Spring session.

    Applied Arts: Applied Arts is specialized instruction intended to strengthen abilities, techniques, and repertoire in the student’s prime arts area. Applied Arts in Music primes is a weekly private or small group lesson with a professional musician. Applied Arts for Creative Writing, Dance, Acting, Design & Production, Film, and Visual Arts is a series of intensives that focus on specific techniques related to each prime. Students are presented with course offerings to their prime and sign up to attend the workshops they are interested in.

    Projects: Projects are multi-disciplinary collaborative experiences led by teachers and guest artists. These projects range in length of time and are staggered throughout the year. Students are presented with all of the projects offered for the year and can audition or apply to participate. The project leads create a structure or concept and then work with students to generate the content. All projects culminate with a public presentation, performance, or exhibition.

    Master Classes: Provide an opportunity for students to learn from and share experiences with leading professional artists from across the country. The artists present their work to the students and then lead a workshop or intensive that focuses on an aspect of their art form or specialty.