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

*Adventures in Visual Arts (Grades 1 & 2 and 3, 4 & 5)
Explore art making with a professional artist using a variety of media and tools in new ways.

*Ceramics (Grades 1 & 2 and 3, 4 & 5)
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.

Books & Brushes (Grades 1 & 2)
Read books and creatively respond with painting and mixed media projects.

Cartooning (Grades 1 & 2)
Draw cartoon-like characters and actual cartoon characters.  Work on visual spacing of how to draw a face and body so the proportions are correct. 

Fiber Arts (Grades 1 & 2)
Use string, yarn, and thread to sew and quilt.
 
First Drawing (Grades 1 & 2)
Discover the basics of drawing as you use lines, shapes and color to create finished works of art while building fine motor skills.

Meet the Masters (Grades 1 & 2)
Discover some of the great masters of art including Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Georgia O’Keefe, and Frida Kahlo as you study their techniques and as you create your own masterpieces.

Marvelous Mosaics (Grades 1 & 2)
Combine mixed media to create beautiful mosaic works of art.  DIscover the math connections to art.

The Natural World--Explorations in Science, Nature and Mixed Media (Grades 1 & 2)
Explore the natural world, gather materials and discover information as you create works of art using a variety of media.

Magic of Art & Science (Grades 1 & 2)
Discover the many connections between art and science.  Use science to create art and art to unlock the secrets of science.

Abstract Art (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Are you interested in abstract art? Paint with more freedom and feeling as we explore a variety of media to create non-representational painting (painting without recognizable imagery). Discover famous abstract artists along the way.

Kinetic Sculpture (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Express yourself using science and art. Develop your ideas and investigate ways to build or assemble kinetic (moving) sculptures using an array of found/donated materials.

Zentangles (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Develop skills to draw traditional zentangle patterns as well as create some of your own. Use your skills to create art with a partner or individually. Discover how you can use zentangles as a calming tool.

From Doodling to Art (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Learn how to take your everyday doodles and turn them into a piece of art.

The Art of Collage  (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Learn how to create an artistic composition made of various materials (such as paper, cloth, or cut pictures from magazines to make a collage with a theme or message).

Mosaic Art (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Discover the ancient art of mosaic while creating new works from tiles, paper, and other materials.

 

Arts Enrichment Classes

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.

Mindful Movement (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Improve strength, flexibility and coordination while learning how to focus and center twith various breathing techniques. Practice self-respect and respect for others with challenging poses, partner poses, lots of mindful movement games, visualization and basic anatomy.
 
STEAMing Ahead (Grades 1 & 2) & Science with a Twist (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Use the Maker's Space to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math to solve creative problems.
 
Scratch (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Use basic programming language to create projects and works of art on the computer.  (Scratch is the world’s largest coding community for children and a coding language with a simple visual interface that allows young people to create digital stories, games, and animations. Scratch promotes computational thinking and problem solving skills, creative teaching and learning, self-expression and collaboration, and equity in computing.)

Performing Arts (Vocal Music, Dance & Theater)

*Primary Choir (Grades 1 & 2)
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)
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 be singing in the all-school BEATLES EXTRAVAGANZA in mid-May, as well as the spring arts performances. 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 MTh OR TF, as the group will have combined rehearsals on Wednesday afternoons during the ensemble block.

Lyrical Dance (Grades 1 & 2 and 3, 4 & 5)
Discover ballet, jazz and modern dance styles and use music with lyrics.  Express your individual style, tell stories and develop proper technique in this unique dance combination.

Jazz Dance (Grades 1 & 2)
Combine both African and European dance styles in an upbeat format. This high-energy dance class will focus on proper technique such as kicks, turns, body posture, and locomotor skills required for this dance style.

Open-Style Dance  (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Combine popular dance movements along with popping, locking, tricks, and freestyle. This upbeat class will provide fundamental movement skills that will allow you to feel comfortable dancing with other classmates and in social settings.

Awesome Actors (Grades 1 & 2)
Description coming soon.

Stage Stars (Grades 1 & 2)
Description coming soon.
 
*Adventures in Acting (Grades 3, 4 & 5) - formerly Shindigs with Shakespeare
Want to be an actor? Get familiar with the world of live theater as you experience how to be part of a team (cast). You will learn the focus that it takes to perform in a play through auditioning for your role, memorizing your lines and entrances, exploring costumes, learning projection, working through nerves, and enjoying the applause on performance day! 
 
*Improvisational Theater (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
"Life is an improvisation and you never know what might happen." Improv 101 helps teach you to celebrate the unknown. Learn skills to navigate situations on stage with comedy and grace. Through exercises and skits, you will develop how to think quickly, listen to other actors, and the 'give & take' needed to effectively perform in groups.   
 

Instrumental Music

*Piano Keyboard Lab (Grades 1-5)
Develop basic piano skills in our amazing piano lab!  You will learn proper piano technique, how to play simple songs and music reading skills. No keyboard is required at home.  Enrollment is at our discretion.  Piano students must be able to work independently and therefore utilize individual practice time in the class setting.

Percussion (Grades 1 & 2)
This class will explore pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. Learn percussion techniques, compose your own percussion music, and learn how to collaborate as a percussion ensemble!  

Beginning Band Brass Instruments (Grades 4 & 5)

  • Trumpet - Trombone - Baritone

Learn to make sound on a brass instrument by buzzing your lips into a mouthpiece.  Trumpet and Baritone horns have valve buttons to press.  Trombone has a slide to move from note-to-note.

Beginning Band Single Reed Instruments (Grades 4 & 5)

  • Clarinet - Saxophone

Learn how to play a single-reed instrument. Learn all about how to make a good sound and how to produce different notes with your instrument. Both clarinets and saxophones have keys/buttons to press to make a sound. We will emphasize concert band woodwind and large ensemble techniques in this course. 

Beginning Band Percussion (Grades 4 & 5)

  • Bells - Snare Drum - Auxiliary Percussion (triangles, shakers, woodblocks, etc.)

Learn how to read concert band music and collaborate with your peers to play percussion ensemble pieces. You will be introduced to the basics of being a part of a drumline in this course. You will also show your creativity by composing your own percussion pieces! 

*This class is available to students who would normally sign up for flute - they will learn on the bell kit this semester in order to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines. 

Jumbie Jams! (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Build your skills with a pair of jumbie sticks.  Make videos performing pop, classical, and reggae songs in a Steel Drum Band!

*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)
Learn to play simple songs and strum chords on the baritone ukulele. This is a great instrument to learn in preparation for playing guitar as the skills learned will easily transfer. We may also sing!

*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.

*Handchime Ensemble (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
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.

 
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