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.
Early Middle School Arts Program
Art, grades 5-6
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 5-6
Parent volunteers teach this monthly, following a curriculum that enhances the classroom curriculum while introducing renowned artists and techniques to students.
Drama, grade 6
In the winter, students in grades 6 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. Early Middle School students attend the dress rehearsals for every drama production performed by students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2, 4, and 6.
Music, grades 5-6
All classes meet bi-weekly with a music specialist with culminating vocal performances at Christmas and Mothers Tea in May.
Band or Orchestra, grades 5
In addition to music class, all grade 5 students learn to play a band instrument (woodwind, brass, or percussion) or stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, or double bass). Both groups perform twice a year in January and May.
Band, Orchestra, or Choir, grade 6
In grade 6, students may choose between band, orchestra, or choir (in addition to music class). Band and orchestra students continue with the instruments they learned to play in grade 5 or branch out to learn another instrument. Choir students start to sing choral arrangements. All three groups perform in January and May.
To learn more about our Early Middle School music program, read More Than Notes and Scales from the summer 2017 issue of Modus Vivendi.
Festival, grades 6
Grade 6 band and choir perform for adjudication at a music festival.