Our fine and performing arts program features a curriculum targeted to help you reach your artistic potential in drama, music, dance, or the visual arts.
At Chatham Hall, you can gain the skills of creative expression, as well as self-knowledge. Formal training, practical experience, and an academic approach will help you set high standards for your art and enable you to take risks in a supportive environment. Our enthusiastic and supportive Art Department faculty serve as mentors and guides as you explore every medium.

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  • Visual Arts

    You can express yourself through many different mediums, including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. You can also continue your passions through independent studies and portfolio classes for advanced study. In addition to regularly offered art courses, there are art-based clubs, weekend activities, January Term courses, and field trips to regional galleries and museums available to students each year.
  • Dance

    Dance is offered as an afternoon activity during each of the three seasons and meets each weekday. Our program offers training in many styles, including African, ballet, contemporary, choreography and creative movement exploration, folk, hip-hop, jazz, musical/Broadway, and pointe, among others. Dancers at all levels are able to participate and hone their skills. Those interested in training at a higher level are able to work individually with our talented and experienced dance instructor.

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  • Theatre

    Theatre is offered as an afternoon activity every weekday, every season. This affords you numerous opportunities to act, direct, or learn a new skill as a member of the production crew. With two plays and a musical offered each year, there are numerous ways to shine and broaden your range. Student-led clubs provide additional ways to get involved with theatre.
  • Music

    Private music lessons are available on campus as a part of the academic day. Students can learn and expand on their musical talents with our faculty, a private instructor, or through virtual lessons. A recital is held each spring for students to showcase their vocal and instrumental skills and progress. St. Mary's Choir meets as a class several times a week and performs during Chapel services and special events throughout the year.

The Iris

Published each spring, The Iris is the School's student-led art and literary magazine that features student art, poetry, and prose. Check out the latest edition below!

Art News

800 Chatham Hall Circle  •  Chatham, VA 24531
+1 434.432.2941  •
Day and boarding school for girls grades 9-12 in the Episcopal tradition.

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