Fine Arts

Fine Arts

The Briarwood Fine Arts Program is designed for both beginner and intermediate level students.

Lower, Middle, and Upper Art
Students are taught the elements of art, line, shape, form, color, space, composition, and texture, as well as the necessary techniques for creating and completing assigned projects.

Our courses are designed around architectural drafting/model making, drawing/painting, and sculpture/ceramics. Students utilize a classroom complete with an art history library and a kiln for sculpting projects.

Students from Briarwood have been nominated, attended, and graduated from the Glassell School of Art’s Advanced Curriculum for Teens Program in Houston.

Lower School Mustang Choir
The Lower School Mustang Choir is a non-audition choir for third through sixth grade students. The Mustang Choir performs throughout the year at various school events, including concerts before winter break and the end of the school year.

Music strengthens areas of a student’s brain with learning disabilities by building the auditory, visual/spatial, and motor cortices. These areas relate to issues with speech and language, reading, focusing, attention, and concentration. 

Benefits of Music

  • Provides a means of self-expression
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Improves discipline and capacity to work within a team
  • Develops creativity
Middle and Upper School Theatre

Middle School Foundations of Theatre

Foundations of Theatre is an elective offered to Middle School students. This course is designed to enhance development of self-confidence and awareness through the use of movement, vocal expression, improvisation, and dramatization. 

Students experience basic acting and technical skills through theater games, exercises, and short classroom performances. The class culminates in a final performance of a short play where students learn about the production process and perform for an invited audience.

Upper School Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts is a performance-based class offered to Upper School students. Students learn to develop and build upon the fundamentals of voice, movement, acting, script analysis, and directing. 

Throughout the semester, students work with a variety of performance genres including Ancient Greek Theatre, Commedia Dell’ Arte, Shakespeare, Realism, Theatre of the Absurd, Contemporary American Theatre, and Devising. 

The Drama Department presents fall and spring productions each school year. Students in grades nine through twelve audition for parts in productions or to be part of the technical crew, working behind the scenes.

Theatre isn’t just about performing. Students learn to form an inclusive community, collaborate with their peers, give and accept criticism and feedback with grace, think creatively, and problem-solve on their feet. It is a place where they can explore their creative side, freely express their ideas, and take creative risks in a safe and supportive environment.

Visit & Learn More!

The best way to learn about Briarwood and get all of your questions answered is to schedule a tour and speak with one of our admissions members.