The Fine Arts program at SEM presents a comprehensive survey of the arts and is designed to promote each student’s personal growth through artistic expression and appreciation.
Students examine the history and philosophy of artistic expression and actively participate in art, music, theatre, and dance.
Each girl is challenged to test her own limits, and to discover and explore her unique potential. Regular trips to theatre productions and local galleries are fundamental to the curriculum and artists and performers from the area frequently appear as guests in classes.
SEM students are required to take two foundations courses, which give them an understanding of the basic elements that define the arts and an appreciation of how they impact everyday life. After freshman year, students may choose from semester electives in the visual arts, music, or theatre.
- Each trimester the best of student work in the visual arts become an art show.
- Twice a year, under the direction of theatre teacher Susan Drozd the Drama Club stages a play where girls play all the parts in our Margaret L. Wendt black box theater.
- Both our theatre and photography classes and clubs also air their works in progress and final pieces on Instagram.
In 2019 Buffalo Seminary became a Committed Steinway Select School.
SEM has a stunning 10 pianos. We have pledged to ultimately have four new Steinway & Sons pianos for our music program. The reunion classes of 2019 generously donated the first new one which arrived in August 2019. Buffalo's NPR station (WBFO) did a story about our program featuring the two SEM students on the new piano; listen and read more here.
Includes electives, though not all elective courses are offered each year or trimester. Students may also enroll in additional electives and AP's offered through SEM's membership in the Online School for Girls.
- Freshman Arts Eye
- Foundations in Music
- Foundations in Narrative Art
- Foundations in Representation
- Foundations in Abstraction
- Art and Social Activism
- Contemporary Women in Photography
- Theatre Styles I
- Theater Styles II
- Theatre Styles III
- Graphic and Print Design
- Mixed Media Mash-up
- Digital Art and Illustration
- Digital Third Dimension
- Poetry in Motion
- Intro to Drawing
- Basic Painting
- Intro to Acting
- Intro to Acting Shakespeare
- Advanced Acting Shakespeare
- Theatrical Production Class
- Intro to Photography
- Advanced Film Photography
- Photography & Mixed Media
- Drawing as Thinking: Comics and Mapping
- Experiments in Printmaking