St. Luke’s School embraces fine arts education as an essential component of a curriculum that celebrates the whole child. The fine arts program is grounded in experience and exposure; children are encouraged to take risks and explore creative expression in multiple forms.
Children develop artistic literacy through the music, art, and drama programs, uncovering and discovering their own musicality, inner artist, and theatricality. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides vital learning opportunities that promote individual development while fostering cooperative learning experiences.
Each of these disciplines and their accompanying knowledge and skills sets are cultivated in sequential and developmentally appropriate manner.
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The art curriculum introduces students to different modes of art making and allows them to express themselves through their own creative endeavors. Exposure to the art of other cultures and times supports students as they gain respect for various styles and modes of expression.
Visual literacy, such as being able to compare and contrast two oppositional styles of art, helps children become more deliberate and discerning about their own work.
In the younger grades, content-driven assignments may challenge the students to paint in response to a particular artist's work, or they may be instructed to create a tall cardboard sculpture that retains its integrity despite its height.
The Upper School art program is highly interdisciplinary; the social studies content often drives art projects, discussions, and field trips. The art program takes advantage of the art resources in New York City.
The program offers a broad range of musical experiences to all students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. A strong aural component is augmented by a wide range of appropriate hands-on activities and kinesthetic experiences.
Students are first introduced to musical concepts through experiences such as listening, singing, and creative dance. Students build upon these aural skills and learn to play instruments such as Orff percussion instruments, recorders, and band instruments.
They develop vocal confidence and a love of singing through the learning of songs from different genres. Students acquire a deepening aesthetic appreciation of fine music through listening to recordings, studying the instruments of the orchestra, reading scores, and conducting.
The drama curriculum provides a varied educational approach that supports and enriches interdisciplinary teaching. Drama at St. Luke’s is firmly rooted in the emerging field of applied theater. The program fosters a deeper and more empathetic understanding of the material learned through the students’ academic studies.
In the early grades, fluency is developed through Reader’s Theater. In the upper grades, playwriting provides a structure upon which students can express their understanding and expand and stretch their writing skills. Age-appropriate performance opportunities allow the students to showcase their expertise and share their learning with an audience.
Public speaking, team building, spatial awareness, and increased confidence are positive by-products of the performance aspect of the drama program.