Our job as artists and art educators is to teach our students how to see and listen actively, give form to their thoughts, and empower their confidence and belief in their own uniqueness. Art is each child's way to communicate personal thoughts, feelings, and values.
The overriding questions we ask each student to consider are:
- How do we think like an artist?
- How do we make art?
- How do we talk about what we have made?
- How does the art that we have made connect with the world of art?
Art is a powerful tool with which to develop the creative promise in every student. Through art, each student learns the power of the imagination, the potential of creative solutions, and the skills and techniques needed to speak in a visual language. Art gives students the opportunity to think with their eyes while putting a vocabulary to this visual language. Understanding this visual language expands one’s ability to perceive, analyze, and appreciate one’s world.
By the time they graduate, they'll have performed as singers, actors, and musicians in nine evening soiree productions, at least two lower school plays, one Greek Night, and three Shakespeare plays. Performance allows students to demonstrate new skills, develop confidence in expressing themselves in front of an audience, foster a positive feeling of ensemble with their peers, experience the joys of performing, and practice being supportive audience members.
At SF Day, we also provide electives that offer students broader opportunities to perform, create, and explore their passions. Here are a few electives currently offered to our upper school students:
- Scenes from "The Wizard of Oz"
- Jazz Improv
- Sketch Comedy Writing