The art program K-8 is designed so that the lessons lay groundwork for those that follow and reinforce those that have come before. Perceptual skills and media skills are repeated within grade levels and from one level to the next. Art techniques are developed in sequences to build students’ confidence with materials and equipment. New and challenging applications follow the acquisition of basic skills. The art curriculum at each grade level is organized around three main themes: Creating Art, Looking at Creation and Growing closer to our Creator. Aspects of these themes are developed within each year and across all nine years of the program. Within each year, students create in two-and three-dimensions and study drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphics, design, architecture, textiles, collage, ceramics, and crafts. Artistic achievements of women and ethnic groups, past and present, are represented.
Students in grades K-6 learn basic music vocabulary and the fundamentals of rhythm. They are exposed to a variety of musical genres and composers, listen to and learn how to recognize different instruments, experiment with basic rhythms; sing an assortment of songs, and gain performance experience.
Students participate in annual Winter and Spring concerts to showcase their talents and to demonstrate what they have learned in music classes. Students who participate in band, choir, or hand bells also provide special music for local churches throughout the school year.
In every school year there is a Winter and Spring Concert where students are able to showcase their talent and material learned. Music classes include a choral setting in preparation for such events so that students may understand the proper conduct of performance and vocal technique as well as apply the learned ear training and note reading.
We aim to encourage in each drama student the confidence and ability to transform observation, sensitivity, and imagination into believable stage characters through monologues, scene work, and Choral ensembles. The students in the program are offered the leading roles in the Christmas and Spring musical programs.