Lower School Arts
The Orff-Schulwerk approach is used in Kindergarten-4th grade music classes. Students in grades K-2 explore core musical elements rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and timbre through singing, playing instruments, movement, improvisation, drama, and children's literature. Recorder instruction begins in grade 3 and continues through grade 4 where it is used with Orff instruments, singing, and World Music Drumming. Chorus is offered as an elective to students in grades 3 and 4. All students in grades K-4 are featured in numerous musical performances throughout the school year.
Lower School art classes kick off with dynamic discussions that preface student art projects based on the elements of design: line, color, shape, form, and texture. Students then roll up their sleeves and explore those elements in hands-on projects involving the use of clay, paints, beads, plaster, linoleum blocks, charcoal, and computers (to name just a few of our media).
Also, in true independent school fashion, we reach for more. Students are introduced to a number of significant artists, learning about the artists' childhoods, lives, and their innovative art. Students then try out some of those innovative techniques in their own art.