The Academy's Fine Arts faculty members are professional artists, musicians and dancers as well as educators, and seek to share their first-hand knowledge of their craft as they inspire students.
A variety of Fine Arts classes are offered, including performance theatre, acting, comedy improvisation and storytelling, drawing and painting, clay, piano, chorus, photography, fashion arts, dance. Students also have opportunities to engage in technical aspects of the performing arts: lighting and sound, stage managing, and other tech support. Several AP level classes are taught, and two classes, Bible and Art and Holocaust Imagery, are offered as college-level classes and can be applied to students' required Arts, Jewish Studies or Academic credit.
Fine Arts chairperson, Dr. Karen Dresser, is an advocate of arts education for all students encouraging them to develop critical intellectual skills, to enhance creativity, to learn responsibility to self and others, to expand on and enrich learning in other subjects, and to develop methods of acceptance and understanding of others. Dr. Dresser is an award-winning poet, playwright, artist and photographer who also acts, sings, and maintains her own studio.