Abbey arts uphold the Benedictine tradition of valuing and sharing beauty. Becoming literate in the arts will help students across all disciplines. With an art education, students will transform their intuition, reasoning, imagination and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication.

Create your story at Portsmouth Abbey School.

Visual Arts

Art room supplies
Painting | Drawing | Ceramics | Photography

The oversized windows in our McGuire Fine Arts Center provide plenty of natural light to our large, open studios for painting, drawing, ceramics and photography. A fully-equipped dark room is available for photography students of all levels. Additionally, a state-of-the-art digital lab includes 12 iMac computers equipped with Adobe Creative Suite for both digital photography and portfolio development. 

AP Art History

Students have the ability to explore the history of art and its origins. With three sections of AP Art History, the course will cover everything from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary art of today.


Performing Arts

Ariel and Eric kiss in The Little Mermaid

Musicals | Plays

The Abbey Players stage three productions per year in the Auditorium – two plays and one musical – attended by the entire Abbey community as well as the general public.

Dance | Performances

Students in the Abbey Dancers Program choreograph and perform routines in jazz, ballet, pointe, and tap, while those who prefer dancing with a partner take ballroom dancing. Our dancers gain performance experience both on and off campus.



Music students sing at the Providence Bruins game

Orchestra | Band

Our music program offers students the chance to engage in one-on-one private lessons with experienced teachers as well as the opportunity to partake in one of our many ensembles: Sinfonia, our talented orchestra; or our Chamber Ensemble, which focuses on smaller, classical works. Additional musical opportunities include participation in rock bands and jazz combos.


In addition to participation in the winter musical, vocal students have the opportunity to participate in Abbey Singers, our co-ed chorus, Abbey Road, our a cappella group, and Enharmonix, our Jazz ensemble.

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