Fine and Performing Arts
Intentionality in Art, Music, and Drama
Through education in the arts, students develop personal expression, creative thinking, imaginative communication, and intellectual curiosity. We believe an effective and challenging arts curriculum provides students with opportunities to perform and create in art, music, and drama; perceive and respond to each of the arts disciplines; understand the role of the arts in our world; and make connections between the arts and other educational disciplines.
At The Bear Creek School, students are creating, performing, and learning how to interpret their world through a sequential arts curriculum taught during the regular school day. As creatures made in the image of God, we all inherit the blessing of creativity. Bear Creek students learn to express the nature of things, the reality of Truth, and the significance of beauty through the arts.
Lower School Arts Program
Art, grades K-6
All classes meet bi-monthly with an art specialist and follow a structured curriculum which introduces visual art concepts such as color, tint, tone, shade, texture, line, shape, and space, while carefully observing God’s creation.
Art Docent/Art History, grades K-4
Parent volunteers teach this monthly, following a curriculum that enhances the classroom curriculum while introducing renowned artists and techniques to students.
Drama, grades K, 1, 2, 4
Grade 2 students start off the school year by presenting a puppet show, then students in grade 1 perform a Thanksgiving drama, and in kindergarten, students perform a play for their schoolmates in the spring. In the winter, students in grades 4 perform Shakespeare for their families and friends. The Bear Creek School's Shakespeare Immersion Program was recognized as an Exemplary School Program by Christian School Education magazine. All Lower School students attend the dress rehearsals for every production.
Music, grades K-4
All classes meet bi-weekly with a music specialist with culminating vocal performances at Christmas and Mothers Tea in May.
Recorder, grades 3-4
As part of the general music curriculum, all students in grades 3 and 4 learn to read music and play the recorder. For some students, this is their first experience playing a musical instrument.
String Ensemble (after school), grades K-4
String Ensemble is an after school program designed for students taking private instruction in violin, viola, cello, or double bass. It offers an opportunity to gain experience playing in a group environment in addition to supporting the technical aspects of playing instruments that students are exploring with private teachers. The ensemble performs in January and May.