Program : The Arts
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that the
worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has planted in the human soul. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832)
The Visual Arts [top]
The Bates Art Center provides ample opportunity for discovery and learning. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 have art
once per week. Middle School students go to the studio more frequently and for longer periods of time. Students experience
many forms of artwork, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. Frequently, the arts curriculum is integrated
into other academic areas, especially environmental education, and the performing arts. Art appreciation and art history
are included in the curriculum at all levels.
Preschool Grade 3
Art is an integral part of the joy of experiencing life; it is an inexhaustible source of communication, emotion, and
imagination. Our very youngest students intuitively use color and make marks sometimes long before they can express their
feelings verbally. The importance of such creative activity is as imperative to the development of the whole child as is
the pursuit of academic excellence. Both are interconnected and mutually enhancing.
The Arts Program for Kindergarten Grade 3 is an environment where the learning of fine art skills is a vehicle for character
development. In complementing this idea of educating the whole child, the program is highly conscious of making connections with
the childs homeroom curriculum. The main points of study include learning and applying the Elements of Art as well as
appreciating the work of professional artists in the field.
The Arts Program for Grades 4 8, is organized as an integral and on-going extension of the above K-3 introduction. Projects
are carefully planned to make sure that all students, by the conclusion of their art experience, are familiar with and understand
to the best of their ability The Elements and Principles of Art and how they are applied to the fun of creating 2D and 3D images
appropriate to their grade level. Ceramics compliments painting, drawing, and graphic design.
By offering music and other arts in the school curriculum, we are enriching the lives of students as we endeavor to
preserve our culture and our civilization. We are inculcating a sense of discipline and respect and channeling energies
into forms of self-expression that have positive social impacts. (Dave Brubeck, jazz musician and composer)
Music classes at Fox River offer our students the opportunity to express themselves through singing, playing instruments,
movement activities, and creating music. They also give students insight into other cultures and time periods, as well as
education about the structure and composition of music. The three components of the program are performance, appreciation,
Preschool students enjoy moving to music, learning songs, and working with rhythm each week.
Kindergarten and Lower School students incorporate creative movement and hands-on time with percussion instruments
as well as plenty of singing experience and music appreciation in their curriculum. Middle School students receive
instruction on percussion instruments, recorders, and hand chimes as their reading ability develops. A variety of performances are offered during
the school year for students of different ages.
In addition, the Choral Ensemble and the Hand Chime Choir are available for Grades
6-8 as extra-curricular activities. Both groups perform on and off campus throughout the year, including taking part in regional festivals.
Additionally, students who study other instruments privately are given opportunities to play, through accompanying the
choral ensemble or hand chime choir, or they can play at special events such as a musical theater performance, a recorder
concert, or ensemble opportunities at the Renaissance Faire.
The Dramatic Arts [top]
All students, Preschool through Grade 8, have the opportunity to perform. In Preschool and Kindergarten, children prepare
musical presentations for their parents once or twice each year. In Lower School, students take part in music presentations
as a large group, that include dramatic features such as costumes, props, and hand motions or other simple actions.
Middle School students and interested fifth graders have increased theater opportunities. In the fall students take part in a variety of drama experiences
such as radio drama, scene and monologue presentations, and improvisation. In the spring, all Middle School students
participate in a musical theater production or Renaissance Faire. Through this variety of offerings, students have the
opportunity to study many different styles of theatre performance. Some students assist with technical elements of the
productions, including set design, lighting and sound design/operation, and stage management. Students in Grade 5 are
eligible to participate in the drama program.
Spring 2009 Calendar - The King and I rehearsal schedule