Creative Arts

When children are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. Children in our lower school have developed the confidence to take chances and begin to embrace outside-of-the-box thinking.
First Grade:
  • Explore basic art concepts through process art practices as well as more structured art practice
  • Introduce and implement a variety of materials
  • Use simple creative tools
Second Grade:
  • Develop the concept of using art for personal expression
  • Explore more involved art methods, materials, and tools
  • Conceptualize a project and see it through to completion
  • Introduce art movements and artists
  • The basic principles of meter, rhythm, and tonality are taught to help in the analysis of music which will help create short melodies.
  • Students will learn to play the recorder and apply music reading skills and notation symbols.
  • Students will discover history, periods, cultures, diversity, and unique styles of music.
  • Students relate music to other arts and disciplines outside the arts and integrate cross-curricular experiences.
  • Hand drums, various percussion, and many different instruments are introduced in a hands-on environment.
To celebrate the joy and value that is found in various aspects of woodworking, lower school woodworkers:
  • Apply safe working procedures while practicing skills being used in basic woodworking operations
  • Construct basic student-selected projects
  • Practice using a file independently to shape wood
  • Observe and apply custom laser engraving to their projects
  • Create and use a simple plan to aid in the construction process