ART – MRS. MEREDITH THACKER
The Pre-Kindergarten art program at SGES is a hands-on exploration of visual art. At this age, the primary focus is the process of creating art more than the product. Students are exposed to art history, art production and art criticism. Drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, clay and sculpture are explored throughout the year.
Kindergarten-2nd grade students at SGES delve into the world of visual art. At this age, the primary focus is the process of creating art more than the product. Students are exposed to art history, art production and art criticism. These students are introduced to the Elements of Art which include: line, color, shape, form and texture. Students are taught to ask questions about why is art created and how is it used in society. Drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, clay
and sculpture are explored throughout the year.
The Lower School art program at SGES exposes students to a variety of different art experiences with a focus on art appreciation and personal expression. Art production instruction also includes the care and clean-up of materials and tools. Art lessons include art history, art production, art criticism and aesthetics. Students begin to question how art is used in society. Drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, clay and sculpture are explored throughout the year. Students continue to focus on the Elements of Art and begin exploring the Principles of Design.
The Middle School art program at SGES is designed to build on the skills students have developed in the elementary visual art program. Students experience both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork using the Principles and Elements of design. All units contain art history/appreciation, demonstration of skills and concepts,practice in skills and concepts, art production, and art assessment.
MUSIC – MRS. ERIN MULDER
Early Childhood music at St. George’s Episcopal School is a completely interactive experience. Students explore all aspects of music including: singing, movement, instrumentation, history, and theory. Classes spiral prior knowledge and focus on a holistic approach that exposes young students to the wonders of music performance and appreciation through the use of Orff, Dalcroze, and Kodaly pedagogies. Students have opportunity to perform in front of an audience several times a year, and participate in the annual EarlyChildhood Division Christmas Pageant.
Lower School music builds upon the foundations built in the Early Childhood music program. In addition to continued Orff and Kodaly practice, students begin to work more in depth on music theory and notation through introductory instrument performance. Third and fourth grades work with the recorder, while fifth and sixth grades work with the chimes and harmonica. Lower school students are featured in various performances throughout the school year, including in the annual SGES Lessons and Carols service.
Middle School students take a survey in Western Music history and Music Appreciation. Students are exposed to music from 400AD to present day, and compare traditional classical genres to today’s popular music. Students are presented examples from composers such as Bach and Haydn, to Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney. In addition, students are featured in the annual Lessons and Carols service, as well as major campus events, such as Grandparents’ Day.
DRAMA – MRS. ERIN MULDER
Drama at SGES taught to Pre-K 3 through Eighth grades. Students are free to explore their passions and curiosities in various aspects of the theatre both in the classroom and on the stage. Students learn confidence, perseverance, self-expression, divergent thinking, and creative mindfulness through their dramatic studies. St. George’s students have opportunities to work on stage and behind the scenes, and are given a safe environment to experiment with creative play, staging, characterization, and design. It has become tradition for the entire St. George’s student body to present a musical performance in the spring semester. This concept, which began in 2014 with “Annie, Jr.,” and continued with the 2015 production of “Shrek, Jr.,” in 2016 with “Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.,” and in 2017 “Peter Pan.”