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Faculty Spotlight: Three Questions with Rachel Van Wylen

What inspires this accomplished artist in her classroom, the intersection of visual arts and Essential Skills & Habits, plus – where you can see Van Wylen’s own artwork!

rachel-good-smileTelemark: How does the Catherine Houghton Arts Center inspire you as both an artist and as a teacher at The White Mountain School?

Van Wylen: The Catherine Houghton Arts Center is a great place for students to work since the natural light, views of the mountains, and high ceilings create an atmosphere of possibility.  It’s also a space that changes with the seasons since the floor-to-ceiling windows let in different colors throughout the year.  In that way, it mirrors the creative process, in which things are constantly evolving.

dsc_1181Telemark: What should parents know about how arts education at The White Mountain School intersects with Essential Skills and Habits?

Van Wylen: The Art Department absolutely supports students in their development of Essential Skills and Habits.  One of the habits we emphasize most is persistence.  Students may arrive with the idea that some people are artists while others are not, but the ethos of our program is that anyone can improve and grow when given opportunities to persist.


We also emphasize curiosity.  Students get to choose which artists to research, so they are pursuing topics about which they are genuinely curious.  Similarly, projects are structured to give students room for interpretation and personal expression, so that they can pursue subjects and questions that have piqued their curiosity.

dsc_0084Telemark: Where can people go to see some of your artwork?

Van Wylen: I have some work up at the Mystic Museum of Art right now, since I am a part of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 108th Annual Exhibition. I was also recently featured in Chaleur Magazine with a series of drawings I made while traveling in Lisbon.

For images of Van Wylen’s work in progress, you can check out her Instagram account, or visit her website.

Cinderella – Classic Fairy Tale Underscores the Power of Persistence

2019cinderellajeteThe White Mountain School and Creative Edge Dance Studio dancers performed Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella ballet on April 12 and 13 at the Opera House in Littleton, New Hampshire. Through elegantly choreographed dance performances and vivid staging, the classic tale came to life as the dancers leapt, twirled and bounded to Prokofiev’s jubilant music.


First published in 1697 by Mother Goose Author Charles Perrault, the story of Cinderella is known for its title character’s grace, dramatic transformation and comically wicked step-sisters. Cinderella’s moral lessons of forgiveness, being kind to others and positive persistence under challenging circumstances remain relevant and inspirational in our time. This story, and countless others, are explored and interpreted through many and varied performing and visual arts opportunities for students at The White Mountain School.

2019cinderellameetingfan“White Mountain’s Essential Skills and Habits are holistically aligned with what I nurture in my dance students,” said Dinah Gray, Director of Dance. “Works such as Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and our Spring Recital allow students to delve deeply into the practices of persistence and collaboration, using the rehearsal process and the performance experience to cultivate excellence as artists, athletes, and members of a community.”


Performing and Visual Arts at The White Mountain School
Arts offerings at The White Mountain School include core and elective academic courses as well as technique and performance-based instruction for a number of different styles and competency levels. You can find more information and an FAQ regarding our arts programs on our website.



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