Elementary student works on project in art class
  • The K–5 art curriculum includes lessons on the elements of design: line, shape, form, color, texture, and space. By using these elements to produce their own visual art works, students learn to see, to sense, to recall, and to become more aware of their surroundings. The emphasis during the primary years is on the development of both observation and fine motor skills as well as on acquiring an art vocabulary. The art experiences are two-and three-dimensional. Media used include paint, clay, glaze, paper mache, fiber, glue, and crayon. Intermediate students produce two-and three-dimensional art in a more detailed, controlled fashion. The curriculum continues to focus on observation skills, fine motor skills, and expansion of the student's art vocabulary with more emphasis on techniques, craftsmanship, and creativity of process.



Student plays instrument in music class
  • Classroom music is taught by music specialists for one 50 minute period or two 25 minute periods per week. Concepts studied are rhythm, melody/ pitch, harmony, form, tone color, texture, style, and dynamics. The vocabulary of music and the relationship between music and allied arts such as drama and dance are included. A substantial part of the music curriculum consists of singing and listening. Movement is used to reinforce some music elements. Classroom instruments extend the singing experience, reinforce note and rhythm reading, and encourage creativity. Recorders are used in the fourth grade to further reinforce note and rhythm reading and to introduce an instrumental approach to music. Creativity is fostered throughout the program. Students are given opportunities to play, write, or sing music inventively.