Our Arts programs are 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, dance 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 skill sets are cultivated in a sequential and developmentally appropriate manner.
St. Luke’s played a major role in the depth and breadth of my appreciation of the arts.Sylvia Syracuse ‘79
The St. Luke's Integrated arts program
is highly interdisciplinary
The St. Luke's Integrated arts program delivers coordinated arts units and synchronized curriculum supplements throughout the Lower and Upper School classrooms.
Arts integration can present difficult concepts visually, making them easier to understand and helping learners to develop creative problem-solving skills. This content drives art projects, classroom discussions, and enriches each subject, giving students an additional creative connection to the material. In the Upper School, the arts and social studies programs collaborate across all units. While studying Egypt and Greece, students learn how bodies are historically portrayed in these cultures. While studying China, children complete Chinese style ink drawings with bamboo brushes and compare and contrast Chinese and Western art. While studying ancient Rome, they learn how to draw the human face using the classical canon of measurement. During the study of the Renaissance, they learn how to replicate an image using the grid system. During all of these units, the lesson is deeper than copying a certain style or technique: instead, the idea is to encourage students to think about why someone would make the kind of art that they made, to use historical materials but create distinctive products, and to capture the essence of the experience.
I felt that the overall emphasis on cultural enrichment is my biggest takeaway from St. Luke’s. Myth, folklore, classic and award-winning children’s books from the library, the plays we enacted and those we saw, in-class films, music performances in the church, folk-singing in the classroom, all of these continue to inspire me today.Sylvia Syracuse ‘79