Art classes begin in pre-kindergarten and meet weekly throughout the Lower School. Students work with an art teacher in the art studio, where they explore a wide range of media and complete individual and collaborative projects. Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and work with clay, fiber, and found materials are all part of the curriculum. An open studio approach encourages young artists to be inventive and original. The curriculum is designed to build on art skills and experiences as students advance through the grades. Students are introduced to art history and learn to appreciate different art forms through viewing original works of art and use of the Smartboard technology. Art projects are often designed to complement the classroom curriculum. MUSIC
Music classes focus on singing, moving, listening, reading, writing, improvising, and composing. Students develop a music vocabulary through the exploration of sound. All students work with barred Orff instruments and unpitched percussion. Coordination with classroom units and themes enriches learning. Several performance opportunities occur yearly. Students participate each week in a Second and Third Grade Chorus or Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 may also elect to study a concert band instrument and participate in a Beginning or Intermediate Ensemble. An After-School Music Program
offers private instruction in brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments, as well as piano, voice, and guitar lessons. DRAMA
In pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, drama and music classes are a collaborative effort, helping to provide a foundation in both areas for the years ahead. Classes include storytelling, creating, improvising, and movement. In grades 1 through 5, students explore sensory awareness, improvisation, characterization, and setting in weekly drama classes. Through theatre games and other activities, students work together and develop cooperative and collaborative skills. These ensemble skills are essential when students perform with one another. In the past, third graders have presented a play in French, and fourth and fifth graders have presented a joint production. All Lower School students enjoy performing informally and formally in a sophisticated, state-of-the-art theatre.