The creative arts help students expand their imagination and further develop their cognitive and problem-solving skills. St. Louis School offers music and art class once a week for all students in Prekindergarten through 8th grade.
The music curriculum for the primary grades (PreK through 2nd grade) includes an introduction to the concepts of beat, rhythm and tempo. These concepts are taught through songs, movement and games. They clap to rhythmic patterns and learn about meter, harmony and pitch.
In grades 3 through 5, students are introduced to rhythmic ostinatos, moving melodies, harmony and dynamics through song, movement, and singing in rounds. Third graders are introduced to instrumental music by learning to play recorders.
Students in grades 6 through 8 continue their music theory in timbre, harmony, pitch, moving melodies, meter, grouping and form. They are introduced to musicians with a purpose and who give back to the community.
The Art Curriculum provides an overview to the creation and appreciation of visual art. The instruction assist children in the development of motor skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and innovation. Students learn about color, layout, perspective, and balance which support their work in visual and technological presentations.
The art curriculum for the primary grades, prekindergarten through grade 2, emphasizes building fine motor skills with drawing, painting, and collage projects. Students are also introduced to the art of various cultures and historical periods.
In grades 3 through 5, students explore the work of historical and contemporary artists and experiment with new art techniques, including ceramics, printmaking, and fiber arts.
The curriculum in grades 6 through 8 encourages students to more intentionally apply the skills and concepts they have learned in previous years by creating original artwork in response to more open-ended assignments. Students are challenged to practice problem-solving and creative thinking, as well as to reflect on their artistic choices.