In this building, we’re surrounded by art all day long—in classrooms, offices, and studios; in the hallways, even in the bathrooms. The lunchroom doubles during non-meal hours as practice space, and sometimes performance space, for actors as well as for the chorus, chorale, orchestra, and jazz band.

You will take at least one course in the studio or performing arts every semester you are at Commonwealth: it’s a graduation requirement. Many students take more, curious to explore a couple of new or familiar mediums and techniques at the same time.

It’s both fun and challenging to involve yourself in wholly creative processes. It’s no surprise that Commonwealth artists regularly win awards in all categories of the yearly competitions sponsored by The Boston Globe’s regional and national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Beyond our walls, the Boston area offers an extraordinary wealth of museums and galleries, theaters, concert halls, and other music venues. As a Commonwealth student, you’ll be perfectly placed to take full advantage of remarkable opportunities—on class trips, with friends, or by yourself. Regularly, our Impromptu Day sweeps the whole school off to a theatrical or musical performance; on Museum Day we fan out in small groups throughout the city and beyond to visit an eclectic array of exhibits. During Project Week and summer break, our artists find rewarding internships with local painters, photographers, and musicians in local museums, galleries, and studios, or teaching art in grade schools and community centers.

We enjoy sharing our art with each other and our community. Each spring, our visual artists choose favorite pieces to exhibit in the annual school art show, while performers present a series of concerts, recitals, and plays throughout the year.

Arts Faculty

Caleb Colpitts

Titles: Drawing, Painting and Printmaking Teacher, Yearbook Advisor
Degrees: B.F.A.

David Hodgkins

Titles: Director of Music, Music and Music Theory Teacher, Arts Convenor, MMEA All-State and All-District Liaison
Degrees: B.Mus.
M.Mus. 1986

Samantha Nieto Vargas

Titles: Photography Teacher

Susan Thompson

Titles: Acting Teacher, Theater Producer
Degrees: B.A.

Kyla Toomey

Titles: Ceramics and Sculpture Teacher
Degrees: B.F.A

Mark White

Titles: Jazz Ensemble Director, Jazz Theory Teacher, Jazz Band
Degrees: B.Mus.