Arts News

Middle School Artists take a Stand on Bullying

Ms. Katie Terry's middle school art students are using clay to create whimsical creatures which will become part of an installation depicting scenarios about standing up to bullies.  While using simple clay forms like a pinch pot head balanced on a cone body, students made their characters unique by adding horns, teeth, wings, tails and scales. After the pieces were fired in a kiln, the students planned a color palette using acrylic paint for their sculptures which gave them even more details and life! In the end, they used a technique called antiquing to create the illusion of age in their creations. These creations will be displayed during Grandparents' Day.




Veterans Day Assembly

On November 11, The New School combined choirs, kindergarten and lower school voice students to perform in our first ever Veteran's Day assembly led by music teacher Ashley Wright. 





After School Activity: Learn to Draw Anime and Manga

Mondays from 3:30-4:30 students in grades 5 through 8 can join Ms. Katie to learn to draw anime and manga. 

Sign up for the after school activity in My Backpack. 






Lower School Presents Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids

Congratulations to The New School 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders on their performances in "101 Dalmatians" on Thursday, October 24. From "Cruella De Vil" to "The Dalmatian Plantation," these students worked very hard over the past few weeks rehearsing this delightful musical. Our entire TNS Community is so proud of each student in the cast and crew who brought this production to life! 

Photos from 101 Dalmatians

Morning Performance of 101 Dalmatians




Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art Field Experience

In October Ms. Aaron took the upper school art and design students to Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art to explore the temporary exhibitions, Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today and Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Mirrored Room – My Heart is Dancing into the Universe. These exhibitions are heavily based on sculpture. These exhibits gave our 3D Design students an exciting opportunity to brainstorm about possible future projects inspired by the art they viewed.




Upper School Music Field Experience

On Oct. 3rd TNS Upper school music students went to the Walton Arts Center to see Cuban music group Tiempo Libre for a performance and master class. 




Drama I Set Design

Ms. Jonny's DRAMA I students with University of Arkansas set design grad student Kathleen Holmes. As part of a grant with the Arkansas Arts Council and TheatreSquared, as well as The New School's ongoing partnership with the University of Arkansas theatre department, Kathleen taught a set design and construction workshop over the last month to these eight students. Thanks to her guidance, the class designed and is currently constructing the "101 Dalmatians" set for the 2nd-4th grade production coming October 24th.




101 Dalmatians Kids Cast List

Congratulations to the following students! 

Cast List


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Following a semester of hard work, private lessons and full band rehearsals, The New School's Ensemble I and Ensemble II presented their spring concert. 


video Ensemble I

video Ensemble II




"Farnahan's fantastic, fun-time circus! A wonderful, magical, musical circus!" 'Farnahan's Circus' is an original TNS play and a wonderful tradition at The New School that encourage out pre-kindergarten students to be brave and get creative on stage. This show was written by our own Andrea Romine, for whom our stage is named for. Thank you to our many faculty members, teachers and parents for making this wonderful play possible. We can't wait for Farnahan's Circus to roll into town again next year! 




ARTS WEEK APRIL 22-26, 2019



Arts Week at The New School will be April 22-26 with a special performance by our Rock Band and Morning Jam at George's Majestic Lounge on April 14 and our Upper School Arts Show on April 18. TNS Arts Week will feature projects, productions and performances by our creative students from early childhood all the way to our high school students!

Arts Week 2019 Schedule

Photos and videos listed below are available for viewing or download through our Vimeo page and Flickr page. To access the photo albums or videos please use the buttons below. 

Art Shows Photos

Dance Recital Photos

Dance Recital Video

Drama I Performance Photos

Drama I Performance Video

Guitar, Ukulele and Drumming Concert Video

Piano Recital Photos

2-8 Piano Recital Video

Rock Band and Morning Jam Concert Photos






"Seussical" auditions are complete and the cast list has been posted and can be viewed on the drama call board in the hallway between the dance studio and front desk. Drama I upper school students Winnie Brekelbaum, Emma Caviness, Faith Caviness, Mackenzie Donovan, Zach Gust, Julianna Reynolds & Olive Zweig have begun designing the show with help from teachers Ms. Sam and Ms. Jonny. Their set model can be seen in the dressing rooms, and their costume renderings are on display on the drama bulletin boards. 

Seussical Cast List 






On January 24th, our K-8 students were treated to a beautiful concert by pianist Andrew Tyson, who was in town to perform with SONA at the Walton Arts Center. Mr. Tyson played and also answered many, many questions from the very excited audience! 






Our kindergarten and first graders carried on a wonderful New School tradition by performing in "The Magical Forest" for our TNS Community!