The Arts

Holly Mason | Chair – Fine Arts Department

Hmason@gastonday.org

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Drama

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Music

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Visual Arts

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Drama


Theatre Arts engages students in the process of drama, enabling them to develop more dynamic communication skills, expand their critical and creative thinking abilities, and work with their peers toward a common purpose.

All students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of dramatic productions, whether on stage, as a stage manager or crew, or in set, sound, or lighting design.

Drama classes begin as early as the second grade, and the theatre department produces two major shows each year, including Gaston Day School’s spring musical. Students perform in the Pamela Kimbrell Warlick Visual & Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art performance hall featuring 550-seats, modern lighting and sound systems, as well as a professional dance studio.

Visit Gaston Day’s Actors’ Conservatory Theatre website.

Music


Students come to Gaston Day with a wide range of musical interests, talents, and aspirations. The music curriculum is designed to expose students to the study and practice of music. As such, our students are trained in the foundations of singing, movement, improvisation, reading, writing, and performing.

In the middle school, students have the opportunity to play in an instrumental ensemble, which includes woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, and guitar. Private lessons are also available from professional musicians who are contracted through the school. Students may also choose to sing in the Middle School Chorus or the Upper School Vocal Performance Ensemble.

Over the past six years, our chorus students have been recognized as “superior” in regional adjudications and have earned entrance into the North Carolina School of the Arts as well as Governor’s School.

The Gaston Day chorus has performed at St. Mary Le Bow, Canterbury Cathedral, and participated in a joint concert with the Westminster Youth Orchestra.

Visual Arts


Art is a means of visual expression and communication, as well as a means of developing visual literacy.

At every level, art instruction is committed to teaching students how to manipulate a broad range of media in keeping with the developmental abilities of students, as well as with the focus of the curriculum.

Upper school students who choose to continue with art are trained in drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, and portfolio development. As such, Gaston Day art students have earned numerous Scholastic art awards and participate in national, regional, and local competitions where they win awards on all levels.

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