Visual and Performing Arts

A student with her artThe band being conducted

"Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts."

— Billy Joel

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

— Edgar Degas

Why is this program important?

We are committed to providing our students with the means for participation in and appreciation of the arts in our society. E.O. Smith High School’s music and visual art classes teach a variety of skills tailored to students with varying prior experience and ability levels. By using and exploring their creative ability, students enrich the human experiences integral to their quality of life. The courses give students opportunities to put their problem solving, creative thinking and communication/presentation skills into practice in real-life situations. Classes are also adapted for students with special needs.

Program Goals:

Students who have taken Fine Arts courses will:
  • Understand why the arts are important in helping us express human experiences, beliefs and values
  • Develop skills that create one or more types of artistic expression. Build an understanding and appreciation of different art forms and/or musical styles.
  • Seek out experiences and participate in the artistic life of the school and community
  • Understand the connections among the arts, other disciplines and daily life.


    Music (all courses are offered in multiple levels)
    • Large Ensembles: Band, Choir, Orchestra
    • Electives: Guitar, Piano, Music Technology
    Watch: Music at E.O. Smith Youtube Channel

    Choir Concert Showcase

    Visual Arts

    • Art Foundations: This introductory art survey course emphasises an understanding of art’s relationship to everyday life. Students will learn the elements and principles of design and the process of critique that will lead to enjoying the visual arts for a lifetime.
    • Ceramics
    • Drawing
    • Jewelry
    • Painting
    • AP Studio Art


    • Musician
    • Fine Arts
    • Music/Art Director
    • Multi-media Specialist
    • Graphic Designer
    • Arts Administrator


    "The art program really allowed me to fully delve into the art world and I couldn’t be happier to live in this world at Montserrat College of Art. The art teachers had extensive knowledge in their own personal art experiences, which continuously kept me inspired with each project, whether in or out of class."

    -Lexi Palmberg, Class of 2017

    "The E.O. Smith music program was like another family to me. It was a safe and enjoyable environment that I will never forget. I grew so much both as a player and as a human being thanks to the music department."

    –Kiera Sutch, Class of 2018


    Denise Abercrombie, Director
    Monday-Friday, 7:00 am-2:30 pm
    860.487.0877 ext. 4580
     [email protected] 

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