ESA's performing and visual arts experiences begin in the Lower School with "Specials." Art teacher Claire Caffery introduces students to different media and to a variety of artists and their work. Students experiment with drawing, painting, sculpting, mixed media and more as they explore color, light and their own creativity. Music teacher Rusty Roden combines music appreciation and history with plenty of singing and the chance to try various instruments.
Through Enrichment Clusters, which meet once a week for six weeks each fall and spring, students work in small groups to explore fields in depth. Some of the clusters explore arts-related subjects, such as videography, set design, photography, jewelrymaking, costume design, comic books, textile arts, and more.