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Visual and Performing Arts

Art

Grade 6

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All students will take Art for two of the three trimesters, two days per rotation. They will learn to experiment with a variety of media and techniques, observe their world in new ways by finding art in the everyday, and explore the elements and principles of design. Students will develop a portfolio of art pieces, including some for exhibition.

Grade 7 & 8
All students will take yearlong Art twice per rotation. They will learn to understand art in its historical and cultural contexts, identify stereotypes and construct new meanings through art, and critique their own art and the work of others. Students will develop a portfolio of art pieces, including some for exhibition.

Drama

Grade 6
All students will take drama for two of the three trimesters, two days per rotation. These classes introduce the students to the basic principles of theatre. The students will study: team building; speaking with confidence; dramatic literature analysis; introductory elements of technical theater; and preliminary directing and playwriting. Through the sixth grade drama program students will become confident performers and create a strong sense of community.

Grade 7 & 8
Students will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of theatre by electing to continue studying drama and/or by performing in a play. The theater elective will strengthen students’ abilities in creative writing and ensemble building. Students’ mastery in drama will be fortified through projects involving directing, playwriting and technical theater. Through the elective drama program students will become skilled artists with a well-rounded knowledge of all aspects of theater arts.

Music

Upper school students will get to explore and experiment in different genres of music discovering them through singing, playing, listening, and composing. Students will have the opportunity to perform in a band, string orchestra, chorus, or theater production by signing up for those electives.

General Music: All students will take year long General Music twice per rotation. They will learn to listen to and respond critically to different styles and genres of music.

Instrumental Music: Will be offered to all students who wish to continue playing their instruments. They will receive one small group lesson per week and learn to develop further their ensemble playing by being part of a band or string orchestra.