Visual Arts students work with metal, glass, and flame at Oakland makerspace
A Rich Legacy of Excellence
The arts hold a special place at Pinewood. Our founder, Gwen Riches, started Pinewood as an after-school arts program. As her students learned to see their world from new angles—by performing, singing, and dancing on stage, as well as by painting, drawing, and sculpting—their performance improved in all areas of their education.
Today, on every Pinewood campus, Gwen Riches’ philosophy shines through more vibrantly than ever. Students from kindergarten through twelfth grade study drama, take part in plays and musicals, and learn a variety of increasingly complex visual arts techniques. The results speak volumes. Our students express themselves confidently, respectfully, and vividly, not only with their peers, but with adults. This ability gives them a huge advantage when they enter college—and for the rest of their lives.
Theatre teacher honored as an educator of the year at 2018 Cares and Shares
5th grade had us rockin' out in our seats and rollin' on the floor laughing
2nd grade presents Little Red Riding Hood
3D printing opens a world of possibilities for self-expression, innovation, entrepreneurship, and beyond