As part of the larger Signature Experience at Peddie, the Arts Department encourages selected students to develop their passions for music, drama or visual arts through a sequence of elective classes and extracurricular activities culminating in a public performance or exhibition in the senior year. Inspired by field trips to museums, concert halls, and theaters, as well as by visiting professionals, these young artists broaden their academic studies at Peddie with original, independent work in their chosen field of the arts.
All artists in the Arts Signature Experience, regardless of area will:
Participate in all visiting artists workshops during the junior and senior year. Several times a year visiting artists in the fields of theater, music, and visual arts will come to campus to work in small groups and one-on-one with students in the Arts Signature Experience. In the performing arts, for example, this personal feedback will help to hone auditioning and performance skills. In the visual arts, students take advantage of fresh, professional perspective on the artwork in their studio.
Attend a minimum of three off-campus events in their chosen field during both their junior and senior years. In addition to class-sponsored field trips, students may take trips to museums, concerts, plays and lectures sponsored by the Peddie Culture Bus, or they may arrange their own experiences (with approval from the Arts Department faculty).
Enroll in at least one summer program following junior year. Peddie faculty mentors will help Signature participants to find an appropriate summer program in their chosen field. The goal is to foster the broader perspective that interactions with new peers and teachers can afford. The program may be local or residential and two weeks or more in duration.