Art is enjoyed by all students, and every child is challenged to be imaginative and to think through his or her idea. Across the board, drawing is the “vocabulary” of art and many projects begin with a drawing. The thought process involved in making a piece of art varies at each developmental level and from project to project. The basic elements of art and the principles of design are discovered and put to use on a regular basis in the art studio. The students view art from a variety of artists for inspiration. Kindergarten students look at the work of Paul Klee when designing a “plate of their favorite food,” while the 6th graders look at photographs of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial by Maya Lin when learning about one-point perspective. Themes and materials vary at each grade level, as well. The pre-kindergarten students work in crayons and 8th graders work in mixed media. A shape in 1st grade becomes an action figure in 7th grade. Drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture are a few of the ways students express themselves. The wonderful process of looking, learning and creating is ongoing in the art room. Displays of artwork throughout the School celebrate the students’ creativity and reinforce the good work they have accomplished.
In Music, students are provided with a hands-on musical experience that includes rhythm instruments for the youngest students, recorders in grade 3 through grade 6 and Choir and English Bell Choir in the upper grades. We also offer individual instrument lessons and band practice for the older students. The students participate in concerts and programs throughout the year and are active and joyful participants in our monthly Mass.