Performing and Visual Arts Overview

  • The arts are an opportunity to express oneself through images, characters, music, and stories. Art classes at Newburyport High School offer something for students of all experience levels. We encourage participants to think creatively, make responsible choices, form artistic judgments, and investigate the social and historical context in which they live.

    Though most classes culminate in performance or exhibition, the focus of all classes is on the process. Students are expected to participate and will be evaluated on their individual growth. The ultimate goal of our department is to promote appreciation of the arts, a deeper self-awareness for students, and a more sensitive understanding of the world.


    Some electives may have prerequisites. Any student wishing to skip a prerequisite must arrange for an audition/portfolio review with the instructor and department chair.

Course Offerings

    • Art I
    • Painting
    • Ceramics
    • Drawing
    • AP Studio Art
    • Photoshop
    • Portfolio Honors
    • Photography I
    • Photography II
    • Honors Photography
    • Computer Animation
    • Band
    • Honors Band
    • Music Technology
    • Guitar
    • Jazz Band
    • Theatre I
    • Improvisation
    • Theatre Ensemble Honors
    • Choir
    • Elements of Acting and Design
    • Musical Theatre
    • Elements of Musical Theatre
    • Basic Video
    • Movie Making
    • Broadcast Journalism
    • Dance