MUSIC & THE ARTS

Learning happens in so many different ways.  St. Bartholomew's mission is to educate the whole child.  Students have the ability to express themselves with music, art and other enrichment programs that compliment and expand upon our academic curriculum.  The Arts are broadly supported at St. Bartholomew with offerings in, MUSIC, FINE ART, theater and various enrichment programs.  

Students at St. Bartholomew school engage in cross curricular learning with the arts.  Art and music classes, as well as enrichment classes are closely coordinated with classroom curriculums so that students can experience learning material on multiple levels and with different modalities.

School Music Program

Through the experience of singing, moving, playing instruments, and improvising, children experience another type of learning. These developing skills encourage and engage students in other subject areas, through exposure to a wide variety of mathematic, cultural and historical subjects. The students will learn better coordination and enhance their vocabularies, while gaining confidence and learning to express themselves in a new way. Our students will study a variety of musical styles and genres; learn about their origins and their relation to other disciplines.

All students will participate in:

  • playing a variety of instruments

  • listening and assessing different elements of music 

  • examine techniques for proper instrumental and vocal performance

  • learn appropriate vocabulary for discussing music.


The upper grades will learn rhythmic/melodic notation and advance their ability to read music.

We will prepare music as a whole school for the Christmas Pageant.  We will also prepare for Mass both musically and spiritually, learning more about our faith through song.

ADW Band Program

St. Bartholomew School participates with the ADW Music Program.  The school band is a wonderful way for young students to be introduced to band instruments and to playing ensemble music.  

Students who participate in the program are given private instrument instruction at the school once a week throughout the school year.  Students also participate in a once-a-week, after school band practice with other students in the band.  

Band members perform at two band recitals a year.  Our band director is Ms. Caroline Aylward.

MUSIC PROGRAM
FINE ART PROGRAM

The Fine Arts curriculum focuses on Elements of Art and Principles of Design, as well as exposure to Art History and visual artists.  Visual processing, critical thinking, development of visual/spatial intelligences are focused upon.  The curriculum provides the opportunity to work with a wide variety of visual art media, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, assemblage, and photography in smaller or larger format.  The program stresses that children should have access to different materials and techniques from an early age to build their visual art vocabulary.  Art lessons are often supported with age appropriate literature and, when relevant, with cross-curricular connections with their academic subject matter.

Fine Art Curriculum by Grade:

Pre-Kindergarten


Skillset Focus: Development of fine motor skills through drawing, painting, cutting and modeling. There is a special focus on creating art. Grade Highlights, Thematic Learning and Cross Curricular Connections: Consistent cross curricular connection throughout the year. Each week, this class works closely with the Pre-Kindergarten teacher to follow with their weekly theme. Students will develop strong drawing skills which are reflected in their figure drawings at the end of the year.




Kindergarten


Skillset Focus: Development of fine motor skills through drawing, painting, cutting and modeling. There is a special focus on shapes, colors, patterns and other elements. Students focus on creating and analyzing art. Students begin to distinguish between realistic and non-objective art. Grade Highlights, Thematic Learning and Cross Curricular Connections: Grade highlights for this year include units that focus on representing Sea Creatures.




First Grade


Skillset Focus: Development of fine motor skills through drawing, painting, cutting and modeling. There is a special focus on understanding symmetry, as well as creating and analyzing art. Students will demonstrate observational skills in artwork. Grade Highlights, Thematic Learning and Cross Curricular Connections: Grade highlights for this year include units that focus on Royal Portraiture. Cross curricular connections revolve around symmetry.




Second Grade


Skillset Focus: Development of fine motor skills through drawing, painting, cutting and modeling. There is a special focus on the elements of art and perspective art. Students will demonstrate refined observational skills in the production of artwork. Grade Highlights, Thematic Learning and Cross Curricular Connections: Grade highlights for this year include units that focus on Birds. Cross Curricular Connections include language arts. The art teacher works closely with the homeroom teacher in this grade to develop ties between the language arts and religion with the visual art program.




Third Grade


Skillset Focus: Development of fine motor skills through drawing, painting, cutting and modeling. There is a special focus on the elements of art. Classwork advances to include an introduction to abstract concepts. Students learn about new artists and create similar art. Students learn to distinguish between realistic and abstract art. Grade Highlights, Thematic Learning and Cross Curricular Connections: Grade highlights for this year include a unit in Totem Poles. Cross Curricular Connections include tie ins to Native American Art that is being studied in the homeroom class. Visits to the National Museum of the American Indian support this cross curricular experience between art and social studies.




Fourth Grade


Skillset Focus: Students understand and apply elements of art and principles of design in their artwork. There is a special focus on Criticism. Students describe, analyze, and interpret works of art and artifacts. Students will be able to use symbols in their art. Grade Highlights, Thematic Learning and Cross Curricular Connections: Grade highlights for this year include a unit in Asian Art.




Fifth Grade


Skillset Focus: Students understand and apply elements of art and principles of design in their artwork. There is a special focus Art History and collaboration. Grade Highlights, Thematic Learning and Cross Curricular Connections: Grade highlights for this year include Artists Projects with an Exhibit. Cross curricular connections are with Language Arts and Visual Art. A visit to the National Gallery of Art supports this cross curricular experience.




Sixth Grade


Skillset Focus: Students understand and apply elements of art and principles of design in their artwork. There is a focus on refinement of drawing and painting skills. There is also a special focus on value in drawing and painting as well as building architectural skills. Grade Highlights, Thematic Learning and Cross Curricular Connections: Grade highlights for this year include a unit in Renaissance Art with an Exhibit. Students build domes and have cross curricular connections with Social Studies and Art. This is reinforced with a 6th Grade Renaissance Festival that combines multiple disciplines.




Seventh Grade


Skillset Focus: Students understand and apply elements of art and principles of design in their artwork. There is a focus on refinement of drawing, printmaking, and sculptural skills. Grade Highlights, Thematic Learning and Cross Curricular Connections: Grade highlights for this year include a unit in Wire Sculptures and Contemporary Printmaking.




Eighth Grade


Skillset Focus: Students understand and apply elements of art and principles of design in their artwork. Students are able to combine skills learned using different media. There is a special focus on perspective drawing and criticism. Grade Highlights, Thematic Learning and Cross Curricular Connections: Grade highlights for this year include a unit on Saints with a Saint project and Exhibit. Cross curricular connections apply to Language Arts, Religion and Art. Large scale projects are included in this year.





 
 

ST. BARTHOLOMEW

                             

CATHOLIC SCHOOL
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