Fine Arts


Students use a wide variety of art techniques for presentations and projects. The students are periodically introduced to media and basic art principles such as the use of lines and light. The children expand on the principals of music with body movements, instrumental accompaniment and song. They also use musical instruments as well as their voices.



  • Artistic Awareness and Sensitivity
    • Exploration of natural and man-made objects and environments
    • Discovery of art elements: line, color, shape, value, texture, forms, space, and pattern
    • Principles of art (relationship of elements): unity, emphasis, balance, variety, proportion, movement, and rhythm
    • Reading and research about artists
  • Creative Expression through Art Materials and Tools
    • Expression of ideas and feelings in a variety of media: drawing, painting, print-making, constructing, sculpting, collage, modeling 3-D forms, and using fibers
    • Experimenting with various media to understand their properties and to develop skills in using them (drawing media, painting media, sculpting media)
    • Production of group art projects (sometimes for exhibits in local community: displays, class gallery, art sales)
  • Art Appreciation
    • Viewing and discussing contemporary and historical works of art and architecture
    • Analysis and evaluation of works of art (primary sources and visuals); developing an aesthetic sense through positive criticism
    • Appreciating art from various cultures


  • Music Listening and Appreciation
    • Active listening for musical elements: melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, timbre (instrumental or vocal variety), dynamics, major and minor modes, mood and form
    • Listening to American music of different genres (e.g., folk, spirituals, jazz) and historical periods
    • Recognition and classification of musical instruments (orchestral popular, and ethnic)
    • Listening to music of different historical periods and cultures, focusing on great composers
    • Appreciation of music from around the world
  • Music Production and Response
    • Vocal production (matching pitches; singing popular, folk, patriotic, seasonal, action songs, and rounds)
    • Playing rhythm and melody instruments
    • Performing action songs and movements to music
    • Dancing and creating dances
    • Keeping steady beat; distinguish macro and micro beats
  • Playing rhythm and melody instruments
    • Instrumental accompaniment to songs
    • Dancing and choreography
  • Music Theory
    • Pitch: the grand staff (treble and bass), notes, chords, major and minor scales, circle of fifths, transposing simple melodies
    • Rhythm and meter: note values, rests, dotted notes, rhythm recognition and dictation, duple and triple meters
    • Reading and writing music
    • Musical terminology
    • Composing music
    • Use of dynamics
    • Distinguish major and minor tonalities
    • Recognize duple and triple meters

Drama and Theater

  • Use of Body and Voice
  • Refining body and spatial awareness, stage terms and directions
  • Diction, inflection, and elocution
  • Identifying and portraying emotions
    • Creative dramatics
    • Storytelling
    • Creating a character
    • Producing various forms: readers’ theater, puppetry, musicals
  • Play production (set design and building, costumes, stage management, advertising and playbill etc.)
  • Theater Appreciation
    • Attendance of theatrical productions
    • Preparation and audience etiquette
    • Discussion of theater event