Art | Music

All students, Level 1 through Level 7, receive instructional and practical art education within a program adapted to their differing maturational and developmental levels. The art program emphasizes building confidence and developing skills. Students use both two- and three-dimensional forms to express their ideas. Through repeated art experiences in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics, and fiber arts, the concepts dealing with principles of art and elements of design are identified and explored.

The goal of the art program is always the development of an appreciation, not only for student-created work, but for artistic heritage and for the great works of art. At each level, students learn about art from different cultures and times. Additionally and whenever possible, art activities are integrated into and are correlated with classroom curriculums.

Children have the opportunity to develop their own ideas and to solve problems creatively in art classes. They not only produce art but also learn about its history, aesthetics and evaluation. At all levels, children work on painting, drawing, color theory, ceramics, sculpture, and collage. At St. Nicholas, art is hands-on and experiential where children are encouraged to express ideas and concepts in a visual and tactile manner.

Convincing research shows that incorporating music into an academic curriculum engages minds and promotes learning in the school environment.  Music plays a fundamental role at St. Nicholas, as each day begins with song and often ends by celebrating music in both classroom and lesson settings.  The St. Nicholas music program provides not only a foundation for the appreciation of music as an art form, but also teaches artistic expression through active participation.  Ear-training exercises, instrumental instruction, dance, vocal instruction, and other spacial-kinetic exploration are all components in the St. Nicholas musical program.

Music at St. Nicholas is multicultural and totally inclusive.  All children learn to sing in a variety of languages.  From opera presentations, through occasional Spanish-music classes, to detailed ethno-musicalogical studies, St. Nicholas offers a truly innovative approach to musical exploration.  And while the music education reflects the school's academic focus, music is also an integral part of daily chapels, talent sharings, and recitals that allow both individual and ensemble accomplishments to shine.


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