Fine Arts in Elementary School
Every elementary student receives visual art instruction once in a six day cycle throughout their elementary career. Studio time includes inquiry-based problem solving and critical thinking, as well as the use of various tools and technology. Creative play & exploration time are an integral part of the art experience. The foundational aspects of the elementary visual arts program include:
- Creating - art making
- Responding - talking about art
- Connecting - how art is influenced by and influences the world around us
- Presenting - engaging with an audience
Students enjoy music with a licensed music teacher three times per five-day cycle. Music includes singing, playing instruments, listening, movement and note reading. String lessons may begin in grade four.
Students may elect to focus their music instruction in band, orchestra, choir or classroom music. Beyond traditional instrumental group lessons, students who elect to specialize have a full band, orchestra or choir experience three times a week with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. This model has proven to accelerate musical achievement beyond most elementary level music programs.