According to Elliot W. Eisner, Professor of Art at Stanford University, "education is the process of learning to create ourselves, and is what the arts, both as a process and as the fruits of that process, promote. Work in the arts is not only a way of creating performances and products; it is a way of creating our lives by expanding our consciousness, shaping our dispositions, satisfying our quest for meaning, establishing contact with others, and sharing a culture."
The instructors in the Fine Arts Department at North Cross School believe that knowledge of the arts and humanities is essential to the education of the whole person, allowing students to draw connections between the disciplines, embrace originality, and understand the importance of communication through a creative means. The program integrates the study and practice of technique with the exercise and development of innovative thought and is committed to providing an aesthetic environment that enables students to develop a lifelong appreciation for the arts.
Through course work and independent investigation, importance is placed upon students’ continuous exposure to both contemporary and historical artists and movements. At the culmination of each course, it is hoped that each student not only feels that he or she has grown as an artist, but has also has developed individual beliefs regarding value and meaning in the artistic works of others.
Symphonic Band, Chorale, Drawing, Painting, Mural Painting, Sculpture, Portfolio (AP Art), Graphic Design, Photography, Web Design, Animation, Filmmaking, Art History, Drama, and Creative Writing are the current courses offerings for upper school students. Middle school students choose one of three electives (studio art, vocal music, or instrumental music) in the arts curriculum. Band and chorus are offered from fourth grade through twelfth grade. Strings is taught for the entire year in third grade.
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