Recently, Highland School hosted students and teachers from ten independent schools from around Virginia for an arts festival run by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). Students participated in a series of workshops that allowed them to meet students from around the state and try their hand at new artistic mediums that included music, dance, theater, and 2D art.
Students ranging from 9th to 12 grades tried their hands activities ranging from stop-motion animation, bell ringing, and bagpipe playing. One of the many-varied sessions encouraged young artists to interpret poetry through dance.
Workshops were held throughout the Highland Center for the Arts. Teachers made use of the dedicated gallery space and The Rice Theater to showcase students' works and inspire their creativity.
The first-year event was well-received by students as well as teachers. "From everything I heard and saw, I can say with great confidence that the event was a rousing success," said Michael Hughes, Highland's Artistic Director. "We loved being able to bring together so many talented students and dedicated teachers from schools from around Virginia in one place. We're already looking forward to next year's event."
Interested in seeing some of the students in action? Check out a slideshow created from video and photos from many of the workshops: