Arts, Music and Performances
The Arts are considered to be an essential part of the Country Day experience. From the junior pre-kindergarten program through the fifth grade, the children are treated to
weekly art classes during which they are able to create, experiment, and learn how to
use a wide variety of media. They not only have fun drawing, painting, making
collages and building three-dimensional creations, but they also learn a lot
about the world of art and architecture.
might be introduced to the works of famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh,
Claude Monet and James Rousseau, and then they might create their own
masterpieces in the style of the artists about whom they have learned. After
studying what an architect does, they might pretend they have been commissioned
to design a door for a fancy new building. The Art classes are often tied in
with the curriculum, so that a class who is studying Native Americans might
make Native American pottery or a group who is planning a puppet show might
build their own puppets and scenery for the production. If you want a true
idea of how Country Day students experience art, please visit the school and
admire our walls and other display areas throughout the building. You will see
wonderful examples created by our own budding artists and nurtured by our talented
Country Day, the students are actively engaged in singing and making music.
During the twice-a-week classes in the music room, the children can be heard
singing enthusiastically, keeping the beat with their hands, feet or
instruments, learning new ways to use their voices, and developing the
confidence to sing and perform in front of a larger group.
Throughout the year,
every class plans a play and performs it on stage in front of a larger school
and parent audience. The school believes that the many rehearsals are beneficial in ways
that go far beyond putting on a successful play. Learning the lines and songs, rehearsing
on stage, listening to and remembering directions, contributing ideas to
the productions, and taking care of each other provide a foundation for building life skills. By working together on a common performance project, the students
learn the true meaning of community. While having a great time, they develop
confidence, self-discipline, coordination, and mutual support. If you are lucky
enough to see one of our productions, you will be treated to a stage filled
with joyful performers bursting with pride and delight.