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 receive music lessons with a licensed general music teacher two days per each six-day cycle. Lessons focus on producing well-rounded and literate musicians by including singing, instrumental music, aural training, composition/improvisation, rhythmic kinesthetics, and notation reading. Free lessons on string instruments are provided by licensed instrumental music teachers beginning in grade four.
Starting in grade five, students elect to concentrate their musical growth in a specific area: vocal music (choir), string instruments (orchestra), wind/percussion instruments (band), or general music. Depending on their choice, students receive large-group music lessons with a licensed general or licensed instrumental music teacher two days per each six-day cycle. In addition, instrumental music students also receive one small-group lesson on their instrument of choice per each six-day cycle.