Visual and Performing Arts
FWCD takes pride in its fine arts program, an integral part of the 3A’s at the School. Students participate in both visual and performing arts experiences beginning in Lower School and building in-depth and breadth through senior year.
In visual arts, students create a variety of works, such as drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and print and digital media. Students showcase their work in professional displays throughout campus, as well as in art shows and competitions in the community. Students are exposed to all types of media with additional options for journalism, newspaper, video, and yearbook production in Upper School. The Sid W. Richardson Visual Arts Center is a contemporary space that houses art rooms, a digital lab, a darkroom, and a state-of-the-art ceramics studio.
Lower School students begin their musical journey building foundational skills through vocal and rhythmic development, creative expression and movement, instrumental ensemble work, and performances to foster a love of music to last a lifetime. Falcon Flyers, the Lower School choir, offers students opportunities to further expand musicianship and performance skills. Students may also opt to participate in The Conservatory at Fort Worth Country Day program after school.
Middle School offers a show choir option, which adds the element of dance. Students may continue to pursue choir, including solo and ensemble opportunities, through Upper School. Band, drumline and orchestra are available to students in grades 6-12, where students perform an exciting and challenging repertoire at various events, including football games, pep rallies, concerts and festivals.
Theatre classes begin in fifth grade. Students explore movement and vocal technique, as well as play creative dramatic games throughout Middle School. In eighth grade, students participate in a production. Upper School students can choose courses in Acting, Musical Theatre or Playwriting. All theatre students write plays that are submitted for competition. Students interested in working backstage or learning lighting and sound can enroll in Technical Theatre.
The School’s celebrated ballet program, which counts as an athletic credit in place of PE or organized athletics, begins in fourth grade, culminating senior year. Dance students learn classical ballet and jazz technique and have the opportunity to perform in full-length ballets and student choreography. Students may also opt to participate in The Ballet Conservatory at Fort Worth Country Day program after school.
More than 150 Upper School students in visual and performing arts participate each year in the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest Arts Festival, a three-day festival with 50 other peer schools, presenting students with opportunities to showcase their work, attend workshops, and receive critique from professionals in their field.
Each student is required to take a one-semester course of Art History, Music History, or AP Music Theory as a graduation requirement.