Visual arts: creativity & skill
The art program builds a foundation in the visual arts so students have the skills to communicate ideas and feelings visually. While some students discover a passion for art and strive to become artists, all students learn how to express themselves in a variety of ways using a variety of mediums. Studies of famous artists and various styles of visual art are woven into the curriculum at each grade level so students graduate with a broad understanding of art’s significance in our culture.
Drama: performance & confidence
From the earliest grades, children learn to speak in front of an audience, to move around the stage with intention, to understand and recognize the structure of a play, and to be a respectful and appreciative audience member. The annual Lower School Shakespeare Festival and the All-School Play at the Wheeler Opera House give students deep practice in performance. Drama classes build empathy, understanding, and a powerful sense of community.
Music: Expression & enjoyment
All students at Aspen Country Day School are introduced to the basic language of music through a combination of Silver Burdett music curriculum materials, Orff instruments and instrumental techniques, and traditional instrumental and choral instruction materials. We base our curriculum on the National Standards of Music Education with an emphasis on literacy, performance and cultural education. Children build a love of music and performance.
Technology: fluency & communication
Technology is one of our most powerful tools for expressing knowledge and understanding — and increasingly for creative endeavors. In Lower School, students build practical skills and digital literacy. As they progress through the grades, students increasingly employ technology solutions to create projects and presentations. They become adept at using these evolving tools to document and present their understanding in academic subjects. They also use the digital arts to express their creativity in video, audio, and print.
As a result of an Aspen Country Day School education, students will:
- develop their imagination and creative expression to communicate complex ideas
- develop appreciation for aesthetics in both visual and performing arts
- understand the foundational principles of art, music, and theatre so they can analyze and evaluate art and its contributions to community/society