Course Descriptions

Not all courses are offered every semester and are subject to change.
*Core Fine Arts Class - taught by a professional artist 

Visual Arts

*Ceramics (Grades 1 & 2)
Create original fired clay works of art.  Use handbuilding techniques (pinch, coil & slab), add texture, and glaze your creations to transform wet mud into fired glass.

*Murals (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Discover how artists have created murals over the centuries.  Work as a team to design and paint a mural at Centennial.

Meet the Masters (Grades 1 & 2)
Discover the great masters of art and create art work from their inspiration.

Recycled Art (Grades 1 & 2)
Combine found and recycled objects and transform them into works of two and three dimensional art.

Cartooning (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Explore the great cartoonists—how they draw and communicate their stories.  Use your ideas to develop your own cartooning style.

Drawing for Kids (Grades 1 & 2)
Learn to analyze a drawing and draw what you see!   This course offers basic guided instruction in realistic drawing for younger students.

Drawing for Kids (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Do you like to draw or do you want to improve your drawings?  Want to learn how to draw minions, Minecraft and more? In this class we will learn to draw characters from cartoons as well as learning to draw more complex pictures of dragons!  

Drawing and Doodling (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Discover the wonders of doodling that lead to exciting, detailed drawings, both realistic and fanciful.  Create one-day to two-week 2D & 3D projects in black & white and color.

Watercolor Painting (Grades 1 & 2)
Explore the many techniques of watercolor.  Turn your ideas and drawings into colorful painted masterpieces.

Weaving (Grades 1 & 2)
Experiment with string, yarn, and other natural materials. Learn how to try different weaving techniques to create fun and beautiful original works of art. Relax and learn how to appreciate the use of color and texture.

Sculpture with Found Objects (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Create beautiful works of art by combining, transforming, and re-purposing objects not normally used in traditional art production.

Norman Rockwell's Masterpieces (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Learn all about his life and observe a painting of his each week.  We will write about connections and also create pictures related to the painting of the week.

Arts Enrichment Classes

Digitally S.T.E.A.M.E.D. (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Combine ditial photography with a STEAM focus (science-technology-engineering-art-math).  Experiment, photograph and document.  Develop basic skills in PhotoShop.

Hip-Hop Dance (Grades 3, 4 & 5) Might be offered Spring 2018
Groove with the music as you learn cool, smooth moves and discover these dance styles.  This is not an arts night performance class.

Games Around the World (Grades 1 & 2)
Participate and take an exciting look at non-traditional games and from where in the world they come.  Learn about countries and how their childhood games evolved.  Use maps and globes to locate and create country flags and other crafts.   This is not just games but also a look at different cultures and how and why these games were created.  Some days will be movement oriented while other days will focus on arts and geography.

S.T.E.A.M.E.D. (Grades 1 & 2)
Art is not alone!  Discover how art, science and math come together.  Learn about absorption while creating psychedelic snowflakes. Learn about chemistry while creating beautiful marbled milk paper.  Learn about math using flexagons and zentangles.  Learn about magnetism and density by creating magnetic doodles.

Rubber-Band Banjos: The Science of Music & Sound (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Explore musical science as you build instruments like a java jive bass out of a coffee can to a rubber band banjo.  We will investigate sound and hearing through science experiments as well as create instruments from found objects.

Scratch-Computer Coding (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Program a computer to make your own art, stories, games or apps!  Work with others to solve problems, learn how to write step-by-step instructions, and create your own visual art on the computer! 

FilmWorks (Grades 4 & 5) Available Spring 2018
Create collaborative scripts to produce original small-productions for Centennial.  Navigate the various steps of production such as script writing, researching, filming and meeting deadlines to produce a multi-media product.

Future Film Stars (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Write skits, create props and backgrounds, produce, and film your own school videos.  Come join the cast!

Social Arts (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Are you a natural-born leader?  If so, join us as we create and share school-wide video segments that demonstrate leadership skills.  We will learn how to communicate effectively, demonstrate positive behavior with others, increase our self-confidence, and more.

Littleton Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (which includes marital status), sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, disability, or need for special education services.  The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Lori Kinney, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources or Melissa Cooper, Director of Special Education and Student Support Services;  Littleton Public Schools; 5776 S. Crocker; Littleton, CO 80120;303-347-3330

Las escuelas públicas de Littleton (LPS) no discrimina por motivo de raza, color, sexo (incluyendo estado civil), orientación sexual, religión, origen nacional, ascendencia, credo, edad, discapacidad ni necesidad de servicios de educación especial.  Para cualquier información diríjase a las siguientes personas designadas de encargarse de la política de no discriminación: Lori Kinney, Superintendente adjunta de recursos humanos o Melissa Cooper, Directora de educación especial y servicios de apoyo al estudiante Littleton Public Schools 5776 S. Crocker  Littleton, CO 80120  303-347-3330


Performing Arts (Vocal Music, Dance & Theater)

*Primary Choir (Grades 1 & 2) Offered Spring 2018
Students will develop all the skills necessary to be a successful member of a vocal ensemble, including good posture, abdominal breathing, matching pitch and singing in unison, reading a musical score, following the cues of a conductor, singing in 2-part rounds and partner songs, and basic choir etiquette.

*Centennial Singers (Grades 3, 4, & 5) Sign up by semester
The Centennial Singers will continue to uphold the tradition of fine choral singing established by the intermediate choir in recent years. Students will develop the skills as listed in primary choir at a deeper level by learning to sing choral literature with more challenging harmonies and parts. The Singers will perform music in a wide variety of musical styles, including standard choral octavos, Broadway show tunes, jazz, and contemporary pop music, and will have outside performances with in the Littleton community throughout the year. Students in this group MUST be able to match pitch and echo-sing simple melodic phrases in order to participate. Please sign up for either MW or TTh, as the group will have combined rehearsals on Friday afternoons.

*Ballet/Modern Dance (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Discover the basics of ballet (positions, basic steps) and modern dance, including the differences (and similarities) between these two movements and how they relate to each other.  Discover your own movement and create and perform dances (choreography).  Emphasis will be given both to learning correct technique and to the creative process.

*Jazz Dance (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Learn about this upbeat form of dance. Understand jazz words and style that build into an energetic performance.

*Tap Dance (Grades 1 & 2)
Develop the basics of tap dance—soft-shoe, time steps, and shuffle off to Buffalo.  Work together to perform a routine.  Tap shoes are provided by Centennial Academy.

*Salsa Dance (Grades 1 & 2)
Listen to a variety of Salsa music while learning the basic steps and postures of traditional Salsa dance. Students in this class will partner with another student to choreograph their own Salsa dance based off the moves we have learned.

*First Theatre (Grades 1 & 2)
Introduce yourself to the magic and fun of theatre! Create and imitate characters, design puppets and bring them to life, and learn how to act in front of your peers!

*Incredible Improv! (Grades 1 & 2)
Learn about theatre and how to work as a member of an ensemble (a great team) through theatre warm ups, activities, and games! Explore how to think quickly on stage with fun and exciting improv games!

*Mix It Up Theatre (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Learn the tricks of the acting trade! Bring a character to life through the use of scripts, improvisation, your own personal writing, and more!

*Shindigs with Shakespeare (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Want to be a Shakespearian actor? Learn some of the famous lines from William Shakespeare’s plays as you explore his style through performance. You will learn the process of producing a play from auditioning to opening night!

Instrumental Music

*Piano Keyboard Lab (Grades 1-5) Sign up by semester
Develop basic piano skills in our amazing piano lab!  Sitting at your keyboard, you will learn proper piano technique and how to play simple songs alone and with other pianists.  Music reading skills will be reinforced with both individual practice and group activities.  Beginning and Level 2+ classes offered each semester (pre-requisite piano 1).   No keyboard is required at home.  Enrollment is at our discretion.  Piano students must be able to work independently and must be able to utilize individual practice time in the class setting.

*Percussion (Band--Grades 4 & 5) Year-long commitment
Learn the percussion family of instruments and the various techniques of striking, shaking, or vibrating.  Learn to accentuate the rhythm, generate excitement, and inject splashes of color into the overall sound of the band.  Develop the skills to play with other musicians in the band.

*Advanced Band (Grades 4 & 5) Year-long commitment
Students will continue to develop their individual musical and ensemble skills as well as receive a wider range of performance opportunities.     Pre-requisite is band in 4th grade.

*Brass (Band) (Grades 4 & 5) Year-long commitment
Learn the fundamentals of playing a brass instrument by buzzing into a mouthpiece.  Learn the basic elements of music as well as instruction on your brass instrument.  Develop the skills to play with other musicians in the band. The brass family consists of the trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone and tuba.

*Woodwinds (Band) (Grades 4 & 5) Year-long commitment—flute, clarinet & saxophone
Discover the basics of playing a woodwind instrument by producing a column of vibrating air within a pipe.  Learn the basic elements of music as well as instruction on your woodwind instrument.  Develop the skills to play with other musicians in the band.  Some of the instruments in the woodwind family are flute, piccolo, clarinet, and saxophone.  Flute players will sign up for Flue Choir.

*Violin (Chamber Orchestra) (Grades 1-5) Year-long commitment.
Requires instrument rental, purchase of book, $10 supply fee and private lessons.  Discover the joy and discipline that come from playing the violin, viola or cello as a soloist and part of an ensemble.   One parent or guardian must attend a weekly private lesson or after school group class with our teacher.  Families are responsible for paying for private lessons!

*Harmonica Ensemble (Grades 1 & 2) Sign up by semester
Learn to play the harmonica!  Discover the history behind this instrument, typically found in jazz and folk music, and try it in your favorite current styles.  Learn to play individually and as an ensemble. For hygienic reasons, students will purchase own harmonica ($5-$8) from teacher.

*Soprano Ukulele Ensemble (Grades 1 & 2) Sign up by semester
Learn to play simple songs on the tiny soprano ukulele. This is a great instrument to learn in preparation for taking baritone ukulele or guitar lessons as the chords learned on the ukulele transfer easily to the other instruments!

*Baritone Ukulele Ensemble (Grades 3 & 4) Sign up by semester
Learn to play simple songs on the baritone ukulele. This is a great instrument to learn in preparation for taking guitar lessons as the chords learned on the ukulele transfer easily to the guitar!

*Penny Whistle (Grades 1 & 2) Sign up by semester
Learn to play the Irish penny whistle!  Discover the history behind this instrument and learn to play individually and as an ensemble.  Build a foundation for learning recorder and other woodwind instruments in higher grades. For hygienic reasons, students will purchase a penny whistle ($6-$10) from the band teacher.

*Movie Madness (Grades 1 & 2) Sign up by semester
Produce all the music, underscores and sound effects for a short movie or cartoon!  Students may be asked to play a variety of instruments depending on what is needed to make the biggest impact.

*Dulcimer Ensemble (Grades 3, 4, & 5) Sign up by semester
Learn about the rich tradition of American folk music as it relates to the dulcimer.  Students will learn the patterns on the fret board, develop a strumming technique, master at least three basic chords, and play a wide variety of American folk tunes.

*Handchime Ensemble (Grades 3, 4 & 5) Sign up by semester
Create a beautiful tone from a Schulmerich hand chime.  Learn how to follow a musical score written for 3-octave handbells as well as understand musical measures and phrases.  We will emphasize ensemble skills as we learn to play beautiful music together.

World Music (Grades 3, 4 & 5)  Sign up by semester
Discover the masters of music from around the world.  Encounter instruments, musical styles and cultures and see how music "plays" around the world.