The Woodward School, Pioneer in Women’s Education, Gives Voice to Next Generation with New Art Studio

QUINCY, MASS. –  The Woodward School, a 122-year-old independent college preparatory school for girls in the heart of Quincy Center, celebrated the opening of its new art studio last week as the latest development in the school’s long history of giving a voice to young women.

“This beautiful studio demonstrates our continuing commitment to the arts, and the space will inspire the next generation of young women to find their creative voice,” said newly appointed Headmaster Walter Hubley.

Woodward families, alumnae, elected officials, and members of the public attended the opening celebration in Woodward’s Wesner Hall Arts Center. Guests toured the art studio with art educator, Anna Wingfield. 

“The studio is a wonderful, visually stimulating space that allows students to become immersed in their artwork,” said Wingfield.

Woodward’s Visual Arts Program compliments the schools strong college preparatory program that educates students in grades 6 through 12 in an inspiring, freshly renovated space at Wesner Hall Art Center.  On display were works-in-progress by students representing each grade level and class.  Charcoal and india ink still life artworks by the 6th grade class were on exhibit alongside giant Fauvist-inspired animal paintings in acrylic from the 7th grade.  8th grade works included detail-oriented stippled drawings of sneakers with expressive watercolor backgrounds.  The Upper School Advanced Art students dazzled viewers with their works in progress and digital portraits incorporating embroidery and graphite.  

The Woodward School Visual Art Program educates girls to express their ideas and explore their own visual language through a large variety of media, including drawing, painting, digital media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and fiber arts.  The works shown at the opening represented the full gamut of expression that Woodward young women explore every day at school.

A reception held upstairs in Wesner Hall included remarks by Hubley, “In the early years, Woodward pioneered young women’s education through both business and civics classes at a time when young women were greatly underrepresented in all professional fields. The Woodward School was teaching girls about public activism and civics 30 years before women had the right to vote. Our investment in the visual art program at Woodward demonstrates our commitment as Woodward writes its next chapter of the schools longstanding history in the community.  Woodward’s next chapter includes embracing the emerging tread in education from STEM to STEAM - a convergence of the Arts, with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Making cross-curricular connections between the arts and sciences throughout our programs, at Woodward, its full STEAM ahead!”

Advancements in technology and leadership curriculum will be announced throughout this coming school year for Woodward, as well as the continued evolution of Woodward’s STEAM initiative. If you missed Woodward’s Art Studio opening, you can tour the school during an open house on October 23rd from Noon to 2pm at 1102 Hancock Street.

About Woodward

The Woodward School is an independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12.  Founded in 1869 by President John Adams’ cousin and family physician, Dr. Ebenezer Woodward and his wife, Mary Greenleaf Woodward, the school continues to operate on Hancock Street in Quincy in the historic school building that welcomed the first class of seven teachers and seventy-six students on April 10, 1894.  Adding Wesner Hall Art Center to its scenic campus in 2012, the current student body is comprised of girls from over twenty south shore communities and several foreign countries. Woodward's rich history continues to guide its unique mission of preparing young women for success as leaders in their colleges and communities.