High School Arts

The Arts Department offers a range of courses through which students can develop their abilities in creative expression.


Students work in a variety of mediums, with a range of tools, in an environment in which the only limitation is their imaginations. Students can register for art courses such as Drama, Drawing, and Painting. IAL is committed to expanding arts offerings as much as possible. Students showcase their work at the Inwood Academy Arts Night each winter and spring. The Drama Department produces an annual play and performs monologues and story slams throughout the school year.


The drama elective asks students to read, discuss, and respond with their own writing to plays addressing relevant issues in our community. In some cases, students will perform plays around sensitive subject matter for their peers, and these performances will be followed by open facilitated conversations. Students will also learn from guest teaching artists about different aspects of a career in theater. To learn more about our drama students and programming, read our Theater Inside and Out of Our Doors blog post here.

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No other school in Upper Manhattan features a fully operational woodshop. Filled with saws, sanders, drills, jigs, and music, the woodshop is an excellent place to build things from the practical to the imaginative. Students learn to safely and effectively build projects like boxes, shelves, and tables, and experiment with complex joining techniques.

3D Design

If you enjoy building things or getting messy while creating art this is the class for you. In 3D Design, students learn the design principles, planning techniques, and technical skills necessary to create tangible artwork. Students develop their skills in visual art, working in a variety of mediums and with a multitude of materials.


In Drawing, students explore how to create complex and mature art with simple tools. For students who dream of being cartoonists, animators, graphic artists, or fashion designers, drawing is an essential skill. For students who like nothing more than to sit down with a sheet of paper and a pencil and sketch, this class will still be both challenging and enjoyable.


From the Sistine Chapel ceiling to the subway mural, painting is an integral expression of human creativity. In Painting, students will learn to work with oils and watercolors, creating art from the simple to the complex. If you have ever enjoy experimenting with color and style, and enjoy the challenge of turning a blank canvas into art, then Painting is an excellent choice.

Arts Night

Inwood Academy's wonderful and talented high school students and faculty performed together at our 2018 Winter Arts Night.

Arts Night

This is a celebration of our choir, accompanist, singers, dancers, actors, and orators!

Arts Night

Staff contributed their unique talents to create, participate in and enjoy this special evening.

Arts Night

All of Inwood Academy’s arts programming is a labor of love and Arts Night allows us to engage with the creative spirits of one another at this semi-annual party.

My experience with Drama has been enriching and ultimately rewarding. It helped me form some of the best memories of my High School experience. Lindsay Quezada, Class of 2020
A student’s artwork is as unique as they are, and I feel privileged to get a peek into the person they are through their art. Amie Savage, Art Teacher
Drama helps me interact with students in a more enthusiastic way. People in the school congratulate us on how we did on the play. Mell Peña, Class of 2021

Our Values

Inwood Academy believes fostering five main character traits contributes to well-rounded individuals who care, give back, and lead.

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