Students learn how to work in a variety of media to express themselves as individuals and also incorporate Jewish influences such as holidays, biblical and historical themes, and symbols. They receive exposure to outstanding artists and their work. Students develop skills with which to understand and appreciate art from three perspectives: multi-cultural, cross-curricular and art history. Special focus is given to Jewish artists -- what influenced their work, how it was influenced by their world, and its impact over time. Students are inspired both by the works of well-known artists and established styles, as well as text, ritual and history.
The curriculum builds on skills learned in the previous year, fostering methodical, increased levels of ability, sophistication and complexity.
The elements and principles of design are the building blocks of the visual arts. On every level, students will learn how to successfully use the principles of design as tools, rules, and/or guidelines in organizing the elements of art into aesthetically pleasing works of art. Students will gain an artistic vocabulary and learn how to verbally critique, assess and interpret what makes a piece of artwork “good” by identifying and understanding the elements and principles of design.
Students in the art classroom will be immersed in a high degree of creative engagement, creating personally expressive works that fuel the imagination and celebrate individuality and originality. Students are offered a wide array of media experiences in order to expand their artistic potential, to foster careful, comprehensive use of materials and to encourage experimentation and progressively learn and apply new techniques and proper artistic methodologies.
Young students will develop a strong foundation in art, exploring fundamentals in design, learning basic colors and shapes, textures and patterns; fostering self-expression in a creative learning environment that nurtures a love of art. Pre-K serves as an introduction to these fundamentals; Kindergarten reinforces and expands on these concepts.
The overall focus is on the use of basic materials and development of skills. Students will be introduced to many artists and famous works of art, building upon the fundamentals in art theory, color theory, techniques and media acquired in previous grades.
The emphasis is on aesthetics, composition and technique., introducing concepts of symmetry and balance. Students will continue to be inspired by famous artists and cultural art. We will expand upon art theory and techniques, and create a balanced art program rich with creative expression and disciplined art activities.
Students will continue to develop knowledge of artists and genres of art, continuing to expand upon different art forms, media and complex methodologies. Students will learn an art vocabulary and how to analyze and critique artwork. Their art will continue to reflect more sophisticated techniques and themes.
The role of music in Jewish worship and celebration is rich with many sources, styles and influences from Jewish communities around the globe and through the centuries. Students of all ages will be exposed to a variety of listening and performing opportunities which will consist of Jewish folk and traditional music, Americana, famous composers and age appropriate music curriculum.
Pre-K and K students will be taught the main themes of opposites in music, including loud and soft, fast and slow and high and low pitches. They will sing and perform a variety of musical selections, mainly with the opportunity to express themselves through kinesthetic movement. They will be taught the correct procedures to begin to handle instruments and will be given ample opportunity to express themselves musically both individually and in a group.
The 1st and 2nd grade students will expand on their musical knowledge of the opposites of music and learn many new songs of both Jewish, patriotic and musical theatre heritage which will involve both listening and performance. Students will learn to “fill in the gaps” between high and low by learning to understand the ascending and descending scale. They will also expand on knowledge of high and low pitches by learning about dynamics. Students will learn the songs of Mary Poppins, Pinocchio and other Disney classics. Aural, visual and kinesthetic approaches will be used to give students with all learning styles a way to understand and appreciate music.
In 3rd grade, students are introduced to the staff and how to read music so that they can learn to play the recorder. This is an exciting time for students who are given weekly lessons on reading and playing music and handling their instrument properly. In addition, third graders will sing and perform songs of the Jewish traditions centered around the Jewish calendar and sing and perform other songs that develop their musical ability.
The 4th and 5th graders will expand their knowledge of reading music and begin to create their own musical selections with poem writing, ostinato accompaniments and proper written musical notation. They will also complete a unit on major composers and famous musical compositions which highlights famous Jewish musicians.
The 6th through 8th grade music class will focus on excelling in Jewish vocal performance, particularly in 2 -3 part harmonies, ear and interval training and advanced music theory such as learning to understand the circle of 5ths and key signatures in both major and minor keys. They will be exposed to advanced pieces of musical literature and be given classical music listening exams. They will also be exposed to a variety of other musical styles such as jazz, folk and rock n’ roll music. Students will be encouraged to continue their musical development as they mature into young adults.