Visual and Performing Arts
By providing encouragement and the opportunity to succeed in a creative environment, the visual and performing arts curriculum draws each child forth musically, artistically, and theatrically. Sixth graders are required to study studio art, music, band, and chorus in yearlong courses. In quarter courses, seventh and eighth graders rotate through studio art, music, drama, physical education, and Quakerism, art, design, and service (QUADS). Concepts in art, art history, music, and theater gain meaning through focused projects and performances.
In sixth grade general music, students learn to play classroom instruments such as the ukelele and create music digitally using GarageBand. The study of music theory involves programs in the Cloud like Noteflight and Theta Music. Seventh grade students write and perform in original scenes and vignettes in drama. In eighth grade, students create 2D and 3D artwork while expanding visual vocabulary through artist studies. They also learn about the music of the African and European diasporas and explore the ways that popular music has sprung from them. Grades 6-8 may participate in Middle School-wide dramatic productions.