Performing Arts (6th Grade, 7th Grade, and 8th Grade
Westmark School's Performing Arts department offers a semester-long course in Performing Arts to all of our Middle School students. Our performing arts class meets once a week. Students are introduced to the world of performing through acting, music, writing, improvisation, projects, and application. Students are asked to prepare video presentations as well as perform live in front of our Lower School students for academic support.
(Fall Play & Spring Musical; Upper and Middle School Students)
Every Fall and Spring, Westmark School's Performing Arts department produces a Fall play and a Spring musical production. The production staff is made up of upper school and middle school students who are selected through an audition process for various roles in each production. Some students are selected as Cast members and others are interviewed to join the Crew. The students become a family over time, and walk away with a greater confidence.
Westmark School’s Visual Arts program offers a variety of exciting and creative experiences tailored for each grade level.
At the Middle School students are introduced to formal visual art concepts through projects designed to build a foundational understanding of art processes and concepts. After school enrichment choices at this level include a choice of begging or advanced visual art classes that explore many different types of projects, and the opportunity to work on stage crew/production design alongside the Performing Arts department.
Student work is showcased at division level Art Shows and school events throughout the year.
- Visual Arts (beginning/intermediate-Lower and Middle school students)
- Advanced Visual Arts ( intermediate/advanced- Middle and Upper school students)
- Stage Crew/Production Design (Middle and Upper School students)
Middle School enrichment offerings change throughout the year.
Please contact Sarah Hamilton, Director of Student Life, for information about current offerings.
Westmark's Visual Arts Program is led by Cynthia Hersch.
Ms. Hersch holds a BA in liberal arts, with concentrations in studio art and art education, from Vermont College. Additionally, she holds a California single subject teaching credential for PK-12 Art. She comes to teaching as a second career, after many years experience in the commercial art world as an artist and award winning art director. Ms. Hersch became part of the Westmark family in the fall of 2010. As a teaching artist, Ms. Hersch brings to the classroom a passion for the arts, in all its forms, believing that the arts are a critical component to a well-rounded education, and indeed, that they can be a door to a variety of understandings and meta-cognitive skills for all people.
Performing Arts Teacher and Director of Productions
Ms. Kristina Turpin
Visual Arts Teacher and
Ms. Cynthia Hersch