A jk through 12 independent school in Charlotte, NC

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Artists in Residence

The Artists in Residence Program offers students a unique experience fueled by art and culture. In addition to bringing outside artists to campus to work directly with our students on special projects, Middle and Upper School students are offered opportunities to explore their talents and creative expression abroad.

Student Art Experiences Abroad

Upper School Artists Explore Italy

Upper School students are offered an art and art history experience, exploring in-depth artistic expressions in the beautiful town of Cortona, Italy. Students in grades 10–12 also travel to Rome, Florence, and surrounding towns to learn about art first hand from the works themselves. Students enjoy creating their own artwork in a private studio and learn the ancient fresco painting technique from world-renowned restorers in Florence.

Middle School Creative Arts England Exchange

Middle School students explore creative arts opportunities for 12 days with our sister school exchange with King Edward VI School in Southampton, England. Eighth grade students are given the option to explore opportunities in visual arts, music, dance, creative writing, photography, or a combination of more than one art form.

Visiting Artists

Country Day is fortunate to host artists who visit our campus and teach and share their craft and areas of expertise with our students and faculty. Giving students the opportunity to learn from working artists who have national and international recognition helps to expand their artistic view. Examples of our visiting artists, include:

  • Susannah Mira, a McColl Center for Visual Art Artist-in-Residence, worked with Sculpture I students to create a unique sculpture that permanently hangs in the Hance Fine Arts Center.
  • Amnon Weinstein, an internationally-renowned violin maker, who collects and rescues violins from the Holocaust, met with Upper School band and orchestra members to share the unimaginable stories about the violins he has repaired and restored to playable condition.
  • Muralist Will Puckett worked with seventh and eighth-grade students to develop a 36-foot long mural depicting activities enjoyed at the Middle School, such as Decade Day, the Butterfly Garden, and School in the Woods. The mural is mounted on the exterior wall of the Dougherty Media Center.
  • Videographer David Johnson worked with eighth graders to produce a kids'-eye documentary film capturing all aspects of their last year in Middle School. Students learned the ins and outs of production and techniques such as stop-frame animation.

Project Trio

  • Project Trio, a world-renowned chamber music ensemble, taught a master class to members of the Upper School band and orchestra, where they worked on rhythm, improvisation, and beatboxing.
  • Artist Jason Watson worked with IB and AP 2D art students on large drawings inspired by dreams.
  • Composer Alan Kaufman, worked with the 7th/8th grade choir, string orchestra, and concert band on the premiere of Country Day's first commissioned musical work. The lyrics to the five-minute piece entitled "Believe," were written by a Middle School student.
Peter Pan

Extraordinary Opportunities

The Middle School Artist in Residence program allowed student actors the unique experience of performing Peter Pan in a way not usually attainable at the Middle School level. Flying by Foy, a national company that handles “flight” logistics in both professional and amateur theater, offers a patented design harness that safely creates the illusion of flight. They worked with the five cast members who “flew” and trained four professional technicians to operate each flight line. “Creating the illusion of flight was exciting and memorable for us all, but student safety was our number-one priority,” said Jenny Goodfellow, drama director. "The funds provided by the generosity of the Triad Foundation made it possible for us to offer our students such an incredible experience."

Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Rd Road, Charlotte,
NC North Carolina 28226
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