Kindergarten and First
1980 children have explored the arts with exciting and fun-filled activities
far beyond what is currently offered by other school programs. Our
Kindergarten and First Grade classes are each self-contained.
The curriculums are educationally enriching and age appropriate. Each
class is a lively and imaginative place for learning.
focus and major emphasis of this part of our program is to develop an
informed appreciation of art through the four interrelated disciplines in
art education: Aesthetic Appreciation, Creative Expression, Visual Arts and
Informed Judgment. It is designed to provide the students with the freedom
to express themselves through a variety of learning experiences, which
encourages self-esteem and confidence through participation in activities
focusing on individual learning styles. This is a developmentally
appropriate program. It is organized to integrate the disciplines to help
students connect their sensory experiences, thoughts, feelings, ideas into
their own personal work. The objectives of this program are grounded in
the theory of Howard Gardner's “Seven Intelligence’s”, which states that
each of us has a very special way of learning. By implementing activities
which specifically address each one of the learning styles, every child is
ensured a successful and rewarding experience.
Perceptual Awareness is a primary focus of this program. It teaches
students to use their senses, knowledge and feelings to find meaning in
their environment and in works of art. Lessons and activities are designed
to heighten students’ abilities to see subtle variation in lines, colors,
texture and other visual elements. Students will explore patterns,
proportions, types of balance and vocabulary.
Awareness will emphasize the introduction of artistic traditions from around
the world - Europe, America, Africa and Asia. Artistic achievements of
women and ethnic groups will be presented along with important influences
and trends in art. This will help to acquaint students with the diverse
styles and interpretations of art. Drawing, painting, mask-making, pattern
activities, print making and multi-cultural activities will be incorporated
to encourage this area. We will explore cave art, create a mummy, weave
fabric and learn the printing techniques of ancient Japan.
Creative expression in art, at the kindergarten level, is designed to
encourage and develop the confidence to create individual ideas and use the
imagination. Students will explore a variety of media and two- and
three-dimensional art forms. Each activity is developmentally appropriate,
emphasizing individual learning styles and self-esteem. Sculpture, clay,
painting, collages, weaving and texture experiences will be emphasized in
Informed Judgment introduces students to the process of perceiving,
analyzing, and interpreting their own work of art. Students will be
encouraged to analyze and interpret the ideas and feelings conveyed in
paintings by Vincent Van Gough, Leonardo Da Vinci, Mary Cassatt and other
famous artists. The students will discuss the use of color, texture and
subject matter and critique the message each technique conveys. "How does
the artist want you to feel?" "What is the story told in the painting?" By
simply talking about the nature of art, learning to distinguish between art
forms and identifying the effect of color and texture in art, the students
will have a deeper connection with their own creations. In this area we
will also explore authors, their illustrations and explore the themes they
have presented. We will learn the techniques Eric Carle, Ezra Jack Keats,
and Tana Hofan use when illustrating their books.
performing arts many separate disciplines -drama, body language and
creativity expression- will be encouraged to create a product. The students
will experience this kind of integration by composing a performance of their
own which will include music, movement, and costumes. This will allow for a
kinesthetic form of artistic interpretation.
Although the students will experience the satisfaction of completing many
projects, the main focus of our time will be on the "process of doing what
artists do… creating art!" The ideas and efforts of each student will be
highly valued and encouraged. At the end of our program your child's
finished products will be professionally displayed, reinforcing the value
and appreciation of each student's effort and creativity. The five-week
program culminates with an amazing Art Exhibit of over 500 original pieces
of artwork one evening during the last week of the program There are 4
assistants and one teacher in each of these classrooms to support and
inspire each student to reach their individual potential.
2nd through 5th
Through the language and vocabulary of the visual arts, students explore a
variety of material using paint, pastels, India ink, plaster, metals, clay
and many other unusual materials. The students create
on paper, stretched canvas, blocks of wood and fabric and produce many
amazing projects! Students learn the power of their own imagination
and how amazingly capable they are. They build freestanding,
three-dimensional structures and mobiles in cardboard, wood, wire and mixed
media. Each day the children experience line, shape, color, space,
texture and rhythm of their creations and learn to take risks using their
imagination to create their unusual works of art. There are 4
assistants and 1 teacher in the Visual Arts classroom of 30 students. We
also bring in Visiting Artists from our community to work with directly with
the children. Our program culminates with an amazing Art Exhibit and Open
House which displays over 1000 pieces of artwork produced exclusively by the
children in less than 5 weeks.
Children become aware of their five senses as well as the use of their
bodies and imaginations as a form of expression in drama classes. Through
storytelling and improvisational games they learn to be brave, daring and
expressive with their creative energy. The classes inspire children to come
up with their own ideas and they learn to respect each other and
themselves. Through drama, children are encouraged to open their minds and
see people as human beyond race, age, and social status and they learn to be
fully in the moment, aware and focused. Part of our holistic approach to
performance education includes providing drama students with the experiences
that assist them to discover all the aspects of learning which contribute to
the development of the WHOLE child –mind, body and spirit.
goal of our music program is to nurture the human spirit of young people
through musical instruction and performance. We provide learning and
performing opportunities promoting artistic appreciation of singing and
playing musical instruments.
Offering both instrumental and vocal classes, the music curriculum promotes
self-discovery, self-discipline and self-expression. We focus on fostering
the student’s personal and artistic development through activities designed
for discovery, learning, skill mastery, sharing teamwork, and growth.
Children discover the joy of expressing themselves through their bodies in
dance class. Individually and in groups,
they are empowered to use their bodies to physically express the wonder that
lives in their imaginations.
Exploring their world through movement, they
incorporate all the elements of dance-space, time, energy, movement, and
choreographers, children create dances from their imagination and from
traditional forms. They also explore dance as a vehicle for expressing
their own stories and those of other traditional cultures. Through movement
they fine their own courage to engage their bodies. And….they also develop
the tools for self-expression and how we are all inter-connected to one
The curriculum is based on workshops written by Paul Fisher entitled “Brain
Blasting®" and "the path of theatre" which are offered to both adults and
children throughout the Tucson area. These successful, motivational
experiences analyze and teach innovation, creativity, types of thinking and
the sources of our ideas.
Each student will experience the following through a variety of activities:
What are my strengths?
Each student will examine her/his strengths in Leadership, Community,
Creativity and Communication.
Using rebuses, brain teasers, puns, conundrums, dilemmas, logic
problems, lateral thinking games, jokes and life-style evaluations, students
use their brains in multifarious environments designed to promote
thinking from all directions.
Brainstorming is a skill. It is something we are able to become
better and better at. This area helps to draw out the ideas that we don't
know that we have inside us.
Students will examine their thinking habits and how they influence our
What can we improve?
Students will examine themselves and our society. They will use our
"Creative Thinking" skills to identify issues we want to change.
We are what we made of ourselves?
Every child will be encouraged and helped to realize her/his personal
bests. There will be many, varied opportunities to excel and explore.
Where does our thinking help us? Where do we need flexible thinking?
Before/After Extended Art Classes
These art classes compliment the regular classroom instruction.
Each class is
carefully structured to meet the needs of a varied age group and draws on
the uniquely positive learning environment created by such variety. Creative
activities are presented in a way that is developmentally beneficial for all
The students will use critical thinking
skills to examine, judge, interpret, and then create their own original
piece of art. The student’s creativity and individual style is always
valued and encouraged. A wide variety of materials and techniques will be
explored and the students will continue to use and develop a greater
understanding of the elements of art and principles of design. As students
move from one activity to the next, they will be exposed to ancient and
modern cultures in many geographical areas around the world.