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Visual and Performing Arts

An Evening of the Arts

An Evening of the Arts

May 18 | 5:30 p.m. | CSM Theatre
Join us for An Evening of the Arts! Enjoy an appetizer reception with an art and sculpture showcase followed theatre performances and dances choreographed by NDB InStep Dance Company.
 
Online ticket sales are now closed. Please purchase tickets at the door!

Express yourself like a Tiger.

Art has the potential to expand and transform every Tiger in miraculous ways. Many NDB students share their artistic skills with their peers and have an opportunity to teach others. Some students arrive feeling as if they are not creative, only to find an opportunity to unleash a talent they had only imagined! NDB students explore a variety of artistic mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, dance, theatre, video production, photography and graphic design. No matter what career our students choose, whether it be the arts, education or medicine, NDB’s Visual and Performing Arts program empowers students to learn to express themselves and utilize design thinking that can be applied to all aspects of life.

Arts Concentration

Launching with the Class of 2028, the Arts Concentration immerses students in creative expression in the classroom, on the stage and in the studio. Students explore historical and cultural meanings of art to intensify visual perceptions. Students gain insight into the technical processes involved in the production of art while they learn how to both express and create something greater than themselves, in and out of the classroom.

Who is an Arts Tiger?

An Arts Tiger doesn’t quite “fit the mold,” their expansive mind wildly beautiful and unique. Quirky, imaginative and creative, the mind of an Arts Tiger is visionary. Whether they are drawing a scene created from the depths of their mind or acting out the experience of a charismatic, complex character in a play, an Arts Tiger is expressive and dynamic. Unapologetically innovative, an Arts Tiger paints their own path and expresses themselves without limitations.

An art student draws with a marker
Students perform an elaborate dance on stage, lifting one student up in the air
Art teacher speaking to art class
Art teacher helps a student with a sculpture piece
Students sing and dance on stage
Student artwork displayed on a table
Student performs a monologue
Tri-School students act on stage
Students work on small sculptures in sculpture class
Two art students converse with an art teacher
An art student draws her hand

Arts Concentration Students Develop:

  • An understanding of art history
  • Skills to conduct the technical processes involved in the production of art
  • Confidence to express themselves in innovative ways
  • Exposure to all facets of film; language, genre and visual and narrative structures
  • Creative self-expression

Courses and Opportunities

The Luggage Project

Luggage Sculptures
'What would you take with you if you had to leave home and could only take three things?' This was the question asked of beginning sculpture students at Notre Dame Belmont by sculpture teacher, Ms. Kuntz. Students designed a piece of luggage with three meaningful objects to place inside. For many, thinking abstractly posed a challenge. How would you show your love for your family without depicting one’s family? From a childhood tree growing up and out of a suitcase, to a row of houses and three teacups—the photographs exhibited represent the work of Notre Dame Belmont students who challenged themselves to think beyond the obvious.
 

The Mannequin Project: Fashion as Sculpture

Fashion is in the eye of the beholder. This Sculpture II assignment asks students to bring fashion and sculpture together using found materials based on a personal theme. Each of the final art pieces displays a vision of the world we live in.
 

Photo of a mannequin wearing an outfit made out of tape and various materials
A mannequin wearing an outfit made out of a volleyball net
A mannequin wearing an outfit made out of beautiful orange paper leaves
A mannequin wearing an outfit made out of beautiful orange paper leaves
A mannequin wearing an outfit made out of plastic bags
A mannequin wearing an outfit made out of paintbrushes and canvas
A mannequin wearing an outfit made out of newspaper
Sculpture II Student Smile with Their Mannequin Projects
Student with Mannequin Project: Travel
Student with Mannequin Project: Fashion
Student with Mannequin Project: Bubble Bath
Student with Mannequin Project: Barbie
Student with Mannequin Project: Nature
Student with Mannequin Project: Firefly

Fall Play Ghostlight

Student performs a monologue
Tri-School students perform on stage
Tri-school students act on stage
An NDB and a Serra student act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage

Spring Musical Matilda

Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage
Tri-School students act on stage

Tri-School Productions

Live theatre offers the best of both worlds to students who are interested in the performing arts and in technical design. Tri-School Productions students shine on stage and unleash their creativity by participating in the fall play and the spring musical. There are numerous opportunities to act, sing, dance and help by building sets, sewing costumes, and working on lighting and sound.
 

NDB InStep Dance Company

The NDB InStep Dance Company provides a professional dance experience for students like no other. Students choreograph numerous dances that are performed for the school community, at Open House and more.
Student dancing with dance teacher

Winter Dance Assembly

Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like our musical theatre and dance students! NDB InStep Dance Company and dance levels I-IV performed fun dances and skits for the student body.

Career Examples:

Choreographer
Graphic designer
Photographer
Videographer
Actress
Dancer

Evening of the Arts

An Evening of the Arts features 25+ live performance pieces by the InStep Dance Company and dance levels I-IV, musical theatre performances and an art and sculpture showcase.

Students perform an elaborate dance on stage, lifting one student up in the air
Student artwork displayed on a table
Students perform an elaborate dance on stage, lifting one dancer up in the air
Student artwork displayed on a table
Students sing and dance on stage
A group of dance students pose for a group photo on stage
Students dancing on stage
Student artwork displayed on a table
Students dancing on stage
Student artwork displayed on a table
Students dancing on stage
Students and staffulty performing on stagem wearing all black
Students dance on stage
Students dance on stage
Students dance on stage
Dancers pose for a photo on stage
Two students dance on stage
Students perform a scene from %22Shark Tank%22 on stage
A dance student performs on stage
A dance student performs on stage
Dance students perform on stage
Dance students perform on stage
Dance students perform on stage

I have been an international recording artist and touring musician for 20+ years. I have released 11 albums and have toured all over the world. Notre Dame gave me the confidence I needed to find my voice. When I used my voice to speak up about issues and values that I held dear, I found great support among my classmates - the bonds between us were incredibly strong thanks to the community spirit encouraged by NDB. Those members of faculty who supported me as I used my voice made me feel safe, seen and loved during those years when a young adult is most vulnerable. I have needed to trust in my voice as I make my way through a male-dominated industry, as I find the courage to put pen to paper and compose music and words, and as I step on stage and perform my work in front of thousands of strangers.

Dyan Valdes

Dyan Valdes '98
International Recording Artist and Touring Musician

Participating in classes and extracurricular activities such as Orchestra, Video Production, and Tri-School Productions helped me develop a solid understanding of filmmaking and the roles music and storytelling play in that. At the same time, the rigor of my Honors and AP classes prepared me for managing multiple film projects, and the experience I gained in various leadership positions helped me navigate the collaborative nature of the film industry. Being involved in Performing Arts and leadership positions at NDB prepared me for my career as a film composer managing her own composing business.

Celisse Tan

Celisse Tan '17
Musician

I am appreciative of NDB’s variety and rigor of coursework, which prepared me for the next chapters in both education and life. The most important benefit of an all-girls education is a growing sense of confidence. By the time I graduated from NDB, I was ready to take on the world.

Dianne Morton

Dianne Morton '83
Owner and Photographer, Dianne Morton Photography

Visual and Performing Arts Faculty

Martha Anne Kuntz

Martha Anne Kuntz

Titles: Visual and Performing Arts Teacher, Visual and Performing Arts Chair
Coleen Lorenz

Coleen Lorenz

Titles: Dance & Psychology Teacher, InStep Dance Company Director
Mark Thiesen

Mark Thiesen

Titles: Art, Photography and Graphic Design Teacher