Arts & Music
All About Our Art Program
Aligned with the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts, our rigorous art curriculum covers a range of art making experiences as well as opportunities that promote literacy in the visual arts, cross-curricular connections, the integration of local and citywide arts institutions, consideration of careers in the arts, and most importantly, the joy of lifelong learning in the arts.
Through the understanding of the art elements and principles of design, we observe, analyze, and discuss a diverse range of art from around the world. We explore historically and culturally significant artists as well as current artists that are working today.
We practice art making skills and creative processes with various mediums while using rubrics, checklists, and finding inspiration in artists of study and celebrating the beautifully diverse world around us.
Lastly, we practice techniques for collaboration. We learn to support, inspire, and empower each other as a community of unique and creative artists through productive feedback, discourse, critiques, and various cooperative projects and activities.
Integrated with both the Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education (CR-SE) and CASEL (SEL) Frameworks, our art curriculum focuses on the whole child to develop their confidence and creativity as lifelong learners, independent thinkers, who are motivated by their social responsibility to our local, national, and global community.
Grades K - 2: Introducing the Elements of Art: line, color, shape, texture, value, space, and form through drawing, collage, painting, 3D assemblage and sculpture. Some artists/concepts of study - Eric Carle Collage, Alma Thomas Paintings, Faith Ringgold Class Quilt, Yayoi Kusama & Romero Britto - Pattern & Fashion Design, Self Portraits, Paper Sculptures, Puppet Making
Grades 3-4: Utilizing the Elements of Art and Principles of Design: Some artists/concepts of study - Abstract Art Paintings, Romare Bearden Cityscape Collage, Op Art - Mathematical Illusions, Symmetrical Mandala Inspired Designs, Stop Motion Animation Collaborations
All About Our Music Program
Our music curriculum is structured around a well-defined scope and sequence, covering essential elements of music education: Rhythm & Meter, Pitch, Mode, Melody, & Harmony, Phrase, Form & Structure, Expressive Elements & Musical Contexts
Students are experiencing various ways to explore music: Listening & Analysis, Movement and folk dances, Singing & Chanting, Playing instruments, Composing & Improvising, Questioning & Discussion.
Our school's commitment to diversity is reflected in our music materials selection. Aligned with the NYCDOE music blueprint and Anchor values, our curriculum is rooted in Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education (CR-SE) and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). We offer the following to our 3rd and 4th graders: Chorus for 4th grade through auditions, Recorder and Ukulele for 3rd and 4th grade.
We are looking forward to our Spring Concert in March!