Fine Arts

Wayland Academy recognizes the aesthetic, intrinsic, and educational value of including Fine Arts in a comprehensive learning experience. Wayland’s Fine Arts faculty provides students classes, performances, and extracurricular opportunities in the visual arts, drama, and music that students will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Fine Arts Offerings

Visual Arts

In the Visual Arts, classes help to develop the students’ personal artistic styles, the students’ artistic techniques for the different art media, and the students’ ability to judge and evaluate great art. Students are encouraged to develop their area of interest as well as try new art media.


The dramatic productions throughout the school year allow students to explore all aspects of theater. Students can study various acting techniques, proper vocal production, directing, props, lighting, costuming, and set building and design. Traditional plays and musical are all performed during the school year. For students active in drama, the Academy sponsors a Thespian Society Troupe which is involved in all productions, and in other community events.


The music courses at Wayland encourage individual and group learning. The students study different musical styles, develop techniques for their own instrument and or voice, learn to evaluate music, are able to identify the origins of classical music, learn practice and performance techniques, and develop their own stage presence for solo and ensemble performing. Music students participate in many programs both on campus and in the community. Students also may participate in the Wisconsin State Solo and Ensemble Competition each year.

Digital Filmmaking– Spring Semester

This course will introduce Wayland students to both the language of film and television discourse as well as the practical skills of video production: writing, storyboarding, shooting, directing, and non-linear video and audio editing.  This class will require occasional evening screenings.  The class will include exams on film terminology, short filmmaking assignments, and for their final project, students will work together to write, direct, and produce their own short films, the best of which will be screened at the 2016 Wayland Student Film Festival. 

Art 1: Explorations CP

This .25 credit/semester course is available to all students. A hands-on studio class for beginning artists that teaches the foundation of drawing, painting, and ceramics. This class will place emphasis on developing an understanding of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design through project-based learning. Students will learn to how photograph their work and participate in group critiques.

Art 2: Independent Art CP

In this .25 credit/semester course students will continue studies in drawing, painting, and ceramics, building the skills they acquired in Art Exploration. Further emphasis will be placed on composition, craftsmanship and concept. Students will continue to photograph their work and will begin developing a portfolio. Students will participate in one-on-one and group critiques. Prerequisite: Art Exploration (f/k/a Art Fundamentals prior to 2016-17) or permission from instructor.

Art 3: Portfolio Building CP

This .25 credit/semester course will focus on developing an area of concentration in drawing, painting, ceramics, or photography. Emphasis will be placed on concept and execution. Projects will include parameters based on medium, providing artistic freedom and personal exploration. Students will continue to photograph their work and build a portfolio. Students will participate in one-on-one and group critiques. Prerequisite: Art II: Independent Art CP

Art 4: Intensive Art CP

In this .25 credit/semester course students complete projects in their area of concentration and participate in critiques. Emphasis will be placed on writing artist statements and continuing to build portfolios. Students will have the opportunity to show their work. Prerequisite: Art III: Portfolio Building CP

Yearbook CP

This year-long course is for senior only and provides the opportunity to design a book that is printed and published. Yearbook is a class that incorporates layout, journalism, photography, and computer technology. Emphasis is on visual design that fulfills the requirements of a professionally produced yearbook for the Academy.

Individual Music Lessons

Lessons, .25 credit/semester, are offered on the following instruments: piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, drums, violin, cello, French horn, and baritone. Students work with the instructor concentrating on rehearsal and theory, as well as the interpretation and performance techniques unique to their instruments.

Group Music Lessons

Lessons are offered for beginning students on piano and guitar. Beginning students work with the instructor in small groups concentrating on rehearsal and theory, as well as the interpretation and performance techniques unique to their instruments.

Wayland Concert Band

The band rehearses daily – four days per week as the full ensemble, and one day per week as small sections. The group works on ensemble techniques such as balance, blend, intonation, and interpretation through the study of various styles of music. Music theory is a daily focus. The group performs jazz, “classical,” and pop music, as well as standard concert band music. There are three concerts per year, and the group also plays at the pep rally each fall and Commencement in the spring.

Wayland Jazz Band

Wayland Concert Choir

The choir meets daily as a group. The course teaches students how to sing as individuals and in a group. Sight reading skills, vocal techniques, choral techniques, and performance techniques are taught and practiced. The group sings a variety of musical styles and performs at various school functions and community activities.

Almost Famous

This is a student a cappella singing group. Auditions are held for students wishing to join. Almost Famous members also sing in the Wayland Choir.

Individual Voice Lessons

Lessons are available to students during the academic day. Students work with the instructor concentrating on singing skills, as well as interpretation and performance techniques.

Music Theory I CP – Fall Semester

Students who are enrolled in Music Theory I will learn to read rhythms, identify all instruments and instrumental families, identify major and minor key signatures, identify intervals, triads, and 7th chords and practice sight-reading and ear training.  This class meets daily during the first semester.

Music Theory II CP – Spring Semester

Students will learn about 7th chords, chord and score analysis, 4-part composition and chord progressions. This class meets daily in the second semester. Prerequisite: Music Theory I

Advanced Music Theory CP

This course is year-long and resembles that of a college freshman year theory course. Significant critical, analytical and creative thinking skills are fostered in most parts of the course, especially when dealing with texture, harmonic progression, formal structuring and style. The student’s prior ability to read and write musical notation is highly recommended but not required. It is also highly recommended that the student have acquired some basic performance skills on an instrument or with the voice. Permission of instructor is a prerequisite for this course.
Wayland Academy art room

Fine Arts Calendar