PolyArts

Celebrating the importance of the arts.

Through our program, Poly students explore the creative process and develop confidence as they express themselves through visual and performing arts.

Supported by a staff of professional artists, students are inspired to act with imagination, discover their creative voices, and engage deeply with the challenges and joys of the artistic process.

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A vision
for educating
the artist

We feel students with a love for the arts should be provided plenty of opportunities to pursue their talents.

Visual Arts and Performing Arts combine to provide an exciting array of courses — with a commitment to the hands-on, experiential process of art-making — and wide-ranging extracurricular activities, all of which build skills and encourage students to pursue their artistic interests.

An innovative and personal approach to the making of art

Discover how Poly students are finding their creative voices every day.

Advanced Dance Class Is New York Tough

Advanced Dance Class Is New York Tough

In the Advanced Dance class final video project, “NY Tough,” dancers expressed their lives during quarantine, accompanied by the words…

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Arts Mixed Grid Pippin Alt
Grade 3-4 Virtual Spring Concert

Grades 3 & 4 Find New Ways to Collaborate in Music and Dance

Collaboration was key to bringing to life this year’s Grades 3 & 4 Spring Concert and Dance performance on June…

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Arts Mixed Grid MS Play Midsummer
Middle School New Yorker magazine cover art

Night (or Day) at the New Virtual Poly Museum

This week, Poly opened the doors to its first art exhibition in the Virtual Poly Museum. To kick off this…

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Hallie Stephenson New York Theater Festival

Original Play by Hallie Stephenson ’20 Accepted into Winterfest New York Theater Festival

Aspiring actor and playwright Hallie Stephenson ’20 often performed on the Poly stage, and now, her original play, The Virgin’s…

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Poly People

Student

Charlotte Knutsen ’21

“[Charlotte] asks penetrating questions in class and is constantly using the classroom space to test and improve her thinking,

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Faculty

Jennifer Nelson P’12, ’14, ’19

“[Music] is an inspiring activity that engages every part of ourselves simultaneously.”

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Alumni

Will Hochman ’10

“I felt like maybe I could become who I imagined myself to be.”

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Student

Alexandra Nava-Baltimore ’20

“Being a student at Poly allows me to live what I learn. Poly has been my home, my studio, my classroom, and my inspiration.”

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Alumni

Rowan McAllister ’15

“Art was always my favorite class, but I’ve found I use my math and engineering skills almost as much…to really connect all the dots of my education.”

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Faculty

Heidi Zarou ’86, P’22, ’22

“In the Lower School art studios, every day is a journey, an exploration into new and exciting territories with our youngest learners where creativity, imagination, and energy abound.”

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Alumni

Akili Tommasino ’05

Akili Tommasino ’05 studied art history at Harvard and founded the Prep for Prep/Sotheby’s Art Academy in 2017 “to give high school students of color an earlier window into the art world.”

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Faculty

Daniel Doughty

“I love finding a way to engage students who might not think of themselves as musicians.'”

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Student

Clover G. ’28

Clover G. ‘28 co-wrote a song called “Not Anymore,” which she performed with classmates at the Lower School Winter Concert.

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Faculty

Helena Elko

“One highlight this year has been to see my seventh grade art students fall in love with drawing,”

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Student

Jesse R. ’27

“At Poly we do a lot of team activities, which will definitely help me prepare for the future when I will need to be a good team player and never say “no, I cannot do this. It’s way too hard.’”

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Faculty

Jill Bolstridge

“The skills learned in drama class—creative problem-solving, risk-taking, and collaboration—are transferable lifelong skills.”

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Faculty, Alumni

Laura B. Coppola ’95

“I love marrying the academic and scholarly study of art history with the practice of making art so that students really get to exercise their intellect and their creativity in tandem.”

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Student

MaKiyah Turner-Hicks ’24

“I decided to come to Poly because of its amazing extracurriculars. I’m really interested in theater, visual arts, language, and sports, and Poly offers all of them.”

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Student

Margaret C. ’26

“From a dramatic musical to creating an abstract painting. Poly has so many classes from which you can choose what you really want to do.”

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Faculty

Patti Smith P’20

“Every child is an artist; some are natural renderers, some are great at sculpture and 3D work, others have a great sense of design. Our goal is for every child to be successful in an area of visual art.”

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Alumni

Sonja Lindberg ’16

“I worked more and harder than I ever had in English classes. After a few weeks, I came to love it.

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Student

Valentina A. ’27

“When I first walked into Lower School, I was a little nervous. I would be the newcomer. However, there I was walking through the doors of the most loving, caring, empathetic, and supporting school ever.”

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