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.

*Print, Felt & Weave (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Work with a professional fiber artist to create art using fabric as a basis for printmaking, felting and weaving.  Create printing plates, use ink and brayers, and pull prints from fabric.  Combine printmaking with weaving.  Discover felting using acrylic and wool fibers.

*Journeys in Art (Grades 1 & 2 and 3, 4 & 5)
Explore art making with a professional artist using unusual art materials and applications. 

*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.

Discovering Art Media (Grades 1 & 2)
Explore charcoal shading, watercolor paint, watercolor pencils, oil pastels and much more as you create a variety of projects. Get to know and use your favorite art medium.

Meet the Masters (Grades 1 & 2)
Discover some of the great masters of art including Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Ansel Adams, and Frida Kahlo as you create works from their inspiration.

Painting Between the Pages (Grades 1 & 2)
Get your creativity revved up as we combine literature and read books together to create art.   As we "Paint Between the Pages” our projects will include painting, drawing, creating, and much more.

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

Trash to Treasure (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Build 3D creations using recycled and other materials found in and around the school. Discover how "trash" got here to begin with; how to safely collect it and create art from it. Work together to transform "trash" into beautiful art treasures.

Drawing Animals (Grades 1 & 2)
Develop skills to draw a variety of animals in their habitats such as octopus, dolphins, turtles, and many more.

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.

Create It! Abstract It! (Grades 1 - 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.

Drawing Pop (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Walt Disney! Pixar!  Thinking about Mickey Mouse or Woody from Toy Story?  Learn how to draw well known cartoons, animals and current trends (Shopkins).  Moving step-by-step through drawing techniques, build your confidence as your ability grows.

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.

Seasonal Art (Grades 1 & 2)
Follow the seasons with art projects that show the beauty of nature as it changes.  Use many types of media while using art elements during our creations.

 

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.

Circus Arts (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Use stilts, juggle scarves and rings!  Explore how to use a diablo, (a yo-yo on a string) as well as pick up speed on cup stacking and much more.

Picture Collage (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Shoot photos, combine images, draw, paint, and use graphic design skills to create books and collages.

Art of Science (Grades 1 & 2)
Make art out of science projects such as magnet painting, galaxy in a jar, colorful chromatography butterflies, etc.

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.

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Performing Arts (Vocal Music, Dance & Theater)

*Primary Choir (Grades 1 & 2) Offered Spring Semester only
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 1 & 2)
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 - 5)
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. Partner with another student to dance a routine with Latin rhythms.  Develop collaboration and communication skills, too.

*Stage Comedy (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Learn the tricks of comedy and make it work on stage.  Work with partners, develop improv skills, explore physical demonstration and scene work.

*First Theater (Grades 1 & 2)
Discover what theater is.  Play theater games, work with other actors, and explore the many facets of the theater.
 
*Mix It Up Theater (Grades 1 & 2)
Learn the tricks of the acting trade! Bring a character to life, learn how to audition, improvise and use your own personal writing! 
 
*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 getting your role 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
Travel the globe to discover the sounds of distant lands.  Beginning with North America and working our way through each continent, we will explore the instruments and sounds from diverse musical cultures around the world, playing musical games or creating crafts from each unique location as we go!