At Seattle Waldorf High School, we view the arts as a way of knowing and experiencing all subjects, from science to sculpting—and our students reap enormous benefits. Visual and performing arts are the pathway to understanding the depth of human experience, and art engages adolescents on an emotional level during a time when emotions often play in extremes.
Our students develop a deep appreciation of the arts and of their own capacities. Singing, acting, and playing instruments help develop confidence in public speaking. Woodworking, metalworking, and bookmaking projects complement math study, develop dexterity and mastery of hand-tools, and engage the students in an experience of practical competency.
Among our arts faculty, we are proud to have accomplished artists Gordy Ryan, drummer with Carlos Santana and Olatunji Drums of Passion (for World Music); Robert Murphy, who has played professionally with many orchestras and chamber music groups around the U.S, including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Hootie and the Blowfish, and performed at Carnegie Hall at age 14 (for Instrumental Music).