After School Arts Programs

The After School Arts Program is offered 4 days a week in visual and performing arts. The program’s mission is to provide a supplemental and in depth experience that builds on skills learned in the classroom, fosters a love for the arts, and expands artistic expression. Through visual and performing arts, students have the opportunity to continue studies in a small group class.
Our foundress, Cornelia Connelly, reminded us throughout her teachings that the fine arts are a vital part of a Holy Child education, stressing the art of observation in acquiring knowledge–of the world, and of ourselves. Since our students face rigorous academic schedules, we encourage them to get truly engaged in their fine arts courses, to take full advantage of the opportunity to escape and expand their individuality in a completely different way. Not only do we believe in educating the whole child, which includes instilling that passion for the arts, we also inspire them to explore a whole host of “big ideas,” to expand their horizons, their minds, and their creativity along the way.

Our visual and performing arts instruction is deeply rooted in the hands-on exploration of each discipline. We have created a climate that nurtures and celebrates each student’s individual diversity and talent. We treat Visual Arts and Performing Arts with equal care, encouraging creative expression in a wide selection of course offerings. Our goal is to enhance the students’ lifelong appreciation of the arts, bring joy to their process, and to challenge their ability to grow in personal expression, and overall achievement.


Mondays • 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Theatre Ensemble
Mr. James Carpenter

Tuesdays • 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Art Club - FULL
Mrs. Sonya Payne

Wednesdays • 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Flute and Clarinet - Woodwind Ensemble
Ms. Elsbeth Fager

Thursdays • 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Strings, Guitar, and Piano
Ms. Elsbeth Fager


Program contents

Visual Art
Unleash your creativity by taking a painting class. Students will explore various painting techniques and styles by using acrylics, or watercolors. Class will be individual need based and instructor will work on each person’s project covering composition, color theory, acrylic and watercolor techniques, indoors or outdoors weather permitted. Group exhibits will take place during the Evening of the Arts and in the school premises throughout the school year.

The instrumental music program provides an opportunity for students who have a background in instrumental music to continue to develop their playing ability through participation in small ensembles. Students will learn exercises to improve their tone production, tone quality, and technique. Through rehearsal, students will improve their sight-reading skills and acquire the confidence to present a successful performance. Students will discover a wide variety of repertoire through both performing, and listening, and field trips.

Theatre Ensemble
Become a part of a community of actors, artist, and researchers working collaboratively to produce a play. Whether you are interested in the technical aspects of theatre, acting, or the historical research and literary analysis that goes into producing a show, this is an opportunity to gain new skills and showcase your work. This class will be modeled after a professional theatre ensemble, with students contributing to every stop of the process, from research to the final bow. Don’t throw away your shot! Join your classmates in a unique team building experience.


$750 for the Complete year
Fee includes weekly classes, instructional materials,
supplies, and performance fees
(If you would like to consider a monthly or quarterly payment plan please contact our Business office)


Elsbeth Fager
Director of Visual and Performing Arts
MS and US Music

Sonya Payne
Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair
US Arts Teacher

Carole Dorlipo
MS and US Music

Tony Thomas
Dance Instructor
MS and US Dance Choreographer

James Carpenter
Theatre Instructor
MS and US Theatre Technical Director

Grace McNicholas
MS and US Art Teacher