Thanks to the success of PCS’s Annual Fund, the School will again be providing students with extensive opportunities to nurture their individual talents, to experience visual, musical, and dramatic creations, to collaborate with their peers, and to develop essential self esteem. Students will be writing, acting, drawing, singing, and experiencing artistic presentations in many forms and in many venues.
We have expanded the role of our assemblies to foster students interests and education.
School wide assemblies will take place with artists returning to lead workshops. Not only will our students be exposed to different genres of music, they will have a hands on opportunity to discover and fuel their own talents. We are excited to have great new music at the school this year that will inspire and teach us from Ghanaian drumming to Hip-Hop dance.
Students also participate in field trips throughout the year to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty Center, Getty Villa, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Huntington Museum and Library, Natural History Museum, California Science Center, and the Griffith Observatory.
VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM:
The Visual Arts program provides students with project based and skill based learning in the arts. Through an exploration of a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, and photography, the program seeks to bolster students’ critical thinking abilities, self esteem, and their visual vocabulary. At various points in the school year students work on cross-curricular projects that are inspired by their current social studies curriculum, such as creating their own renditions of ancient African masks, Greek vases, and Egyptian sarcophagi. Earth stewardship and sustainability are also key concepts of the Visual Arts curriculum; students are regularly challenged to work with found and recycled objects to make sculptural forms. The elements and principles of design (shape, form, color, harmony, balance, repetition, etc) are explored via hands-on projects that draw from important art historical figures and movements. Students hone their visual vocabulary skills by observing images of artworks and learning how to speak and note observations about the artwork that is in front of them.
In addition to their weekly art classes students are also encouraged to visit the art studio during “open lab hours” to work on independent creative projects. Students who have a strong interest in the arts often use this time to work on expanding the breadth of projects within their portfolio. At PCS we are also dedicated to integrating the arts across the curriculum whenever possible, for example our science and art teachers recently teamed to facilitate a workshop on wearable electronics which gave students an opportunity to explore basic circuitry, design, and sewing techniques. Additionally, this year with the founding of the PCS Foundry students will be encouraged to move between the foundry and the art studio to work on more ambitious sculptural projects.
Park Century’s first full year music curriculum was a success. Students showed us that these classes build confidence, musicianship, and release creativity that extends beyond the music classroom. This program is heavily based on the Orff-Schulwerk approach to teaching which enhances optimal learning. This specific teaching approach is unique to music education because it uses speech, movement, song, and instrument playing in a creative atmosphere where the student is also actively engaged in the music making process.