Visual and Performing Arts
“Art has a unique capacity to take one or other facet of the message and translate it into colors, shapes and sounds which nourish the intuition of those who look and listen.” Pope John Paul II, Letter to Artists (1999)
At Saint Columbkille Partnership School, the Fine Arts Program gives students a basic understanding of the use of various media to create art and music. Students appreciate that art can take many forms, and that each child has the capacity to create.
School is more than academics. School is a place where children are encouraged to grow as individuals, while learning how to cooperate and respect others. Educating children incorporates three essential areas: 1. Students gain knowledge and understanding, which they use to develop the skills needed for future education and employment; 2. Students learn to be responsible, contributing members of society; and 3. Students develop as human beings-people who feel, and love, and have the ability to marvel at the beauty in the world.
Art education is critical for the development of children. A 2005 report by the Rand Corporation about the visual arts argues that the “intrinsic pleasures and stimulation of the art experience do more than sweeten an individual’s life,” according to the report, they can connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing.”
Read more: http://www.edutopia.org/arts-music-curriculum-child-development
Students in Pre-K through 5th grade create a wide variety of artwork focused around technique, art history, and their own creative imagination. The children are exposed to many different ways of making and creating art using a variety of media: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printing, and the study of art history. Students will have the opportunity to explore 3-D art, using weaving, paper mache, and paper sculpture.
Loyola Academy students are introduced to the elements of art: color, line, shape, space, texture and perspective. Art projects connect to content in English and History, including the European Renaissance, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement and the Holocaust.
The music program at Saint Columbkille Partnership School is flourishing. Click here to visit the Music Department and learn more about the vocal and instrumental training students receive.
Once students have the skills and confidence, they need an opportunity to shine! Students have the opportunity to: sing as soloists and in the Junior Choir and School Choir; perform with the band; act and perform in staged productions with the Drama Club.