Our Lower School art program educates the youngest learners in the foundational elements of art and inspires creativity through exploration of both art processes and media. Students are encouraged to carefully observe and analyze art in the world around them, which leads to students developing their own unique approaches and artistic style. Above all, the art room is a learning sanctuary where students are valued for their efforts, risk taking and individuality is encouraged, and learning is fun.
Creative drama provides students with experience with activities, such as pantomime, storytelling, melodrama, puppetry, improvisation, drama games, playwriting, directing, and production. Through multisensory activities, students develop a greater awareness of self (mind, body and voice) and others (empathy and collaboration), creativity in communication of both verbal and nonverbal ideas, and are provided opportunities that emphasize autonomy, problem solving, socialization and imaginative play.
Involvement in music is intrinsically motivating, provides structure and serves as an outlet for self-expression. Lower School classes focus on exploring various musical elements and music history through listening, singing, movement, instruments, songwriting and performance. Students gain a greater appreciation for and understanding of all types of music through activities that foster independence, confidence, creativity, and character building.
Singing Stallions (choir for second- through fourth-grade students) gives students the opportunity to sing in an ensemble, while developing growth in the areas of musicianship, teamwork, expression and communication.