Cougar Arts

Creativity is at the heart of invention. Tomorrow’s jobs require not just technical skills, but also great creativity, communication and design to make a user experience complete. Our Arts department provides a wide-lens for our students to expose them to the many ways the arts contribute to our daily lives in ways we don’t always recognize. Read more from our Head of School in her blog post on “The Importance of Creativity”.


Fine Arts Building

You’ve just got to see our beautiful Fine Arts Building. From watercolors to oils, from clay to kiln, from mixed-media sculpting to designing multi-media animation through Adobe Creative Suite — Clariden is equipped with a dream Arts department. We are fortunate enough to have a full-time Arts teacher on staff to incorporate the arts into all of our students’ days.  Curriculum is tailored to each grade level and combines art history, culture, technique, expression and above all CREATIVITY. In addition, the Arts department leads our community in

  • Year Book Photography, Layout, Design and Publishing
  • Building the School Float for the Annual Local Parade
  • Annual Art Show & Auction


I’ve Got Music In Me

Students participate in music instruction from Cougar Prep through High School. Our music program enables students to explore the many aspects of music, including how to read music, how to write music, how to understand the science behind how sounds are created, how to sing, and, of course, how to play. Our incredibly gifted music instructor (and Dallas Opera Singer) leads our students in creating the Clariden winter concert, annual talent show, and numerous special ceremonies, such as our end-of-year ceremony. Understanding sound, movement, notes, and creating music are all a priority at Clariden. We understand the significance of music in enhancing creativity and curiosity.


Theater  |  Cinematography  |  Lights & Sound

From our student-made films to our annual theater productions, Clariden students have the opportunity to participate in a number of theatrical experiences. There are roles at the sound board, behind the curtain, front and center stage, and in set design. There’s something to match students’ interests and innate talents.