An Education in Wonder
The Arts introduce students to reality through delight and provide a holistic education including the heart – memory, passions, imagination – as well as the body and intelligence.”
Playing an instrument, dancing, drawing, painting, sculpting, and acting help form the hearts and moral imaginations of students. The Arts represent a playful and joyful engagement with reality and are instrumental in engaging the affections and passions of students and directing them to love what is Good, True, and Beautiful.
A robust commitment to the Fine and Performing Arts can be seen at every stage of Annapolis’ educational programs. From our youngest to oldest students, Annapolis’ comprehensive Arts program encompasses curricular and co-curricular instruction in the following areas:
- Musical Arts: Choir, Band, Music Appreciation
- Performing Arts: Theater, Dance, Ballet
- Visual Arts: Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, Ceramics
The Annapolis Art Center
In support of our commitment to the arts, Annapolis recently expanded its campus to include the Annapolis Arts Center, a 10,000 square foot facility devoted tot he Fine and Performing Arts. This state of the art facility was added in the fall of 2014 to support a burgeoning demand for high quality Arts education among Annapolis students and faculty. The facilities include a theater and event center, a garden courtyard, and studios for dance, painting, drawing, sculpting, and ceramics.
The Musical Arts
Music is an outstanding gift of God and next to theology. I would not want to give up my slight knowledge of music for a great consideration. Youth should be taught this art; for it makes fine, skillful people. — Martin Luther
Choral music is offered at all PK-12 levels and as students grow from year to year they are introduced to new concepts, different techniques, and more difficult music. Choirs perform multiple times each year, including the annual Christmas concert and Spring Evening of the Arts.
From 6th through 8th grade, all Annapolis students learn one of seven wind instruments: flute, clarinet, alto Saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and percussion. Beginning in 2018-2019, students in grades 9-12 will be offered the opportunity to participate in Band. Performance opportunities for band include concerts, pep rallies, athletic events, and more.
Music appreciation classes are an integral part of a Fine Arts education. In addition to choral studies, Annapolis students take survey courses in music history, musicianship, music theory, musical application, and recorder study.
Theater Arts is the fastest growing Fine Arts Program at Annapolis. Starting in 3rd grade students are offered the ability to participate in theater by Acting, Singing, Dancing, Lighting, Sound, Make-up, Teching, Stage Managing, and more. Productions are staged in both the fall and spring semesters with recent recent productions including: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, and more.
Dance & Ballet
Formal dance classes focusing on ballet, jazz, and ballroom styles are offered to all Annapolis students from PK “pre-ballet” classes to High School ballroom dance training in preparation for the annual School of Rhetoric Formal Dinner & Dance event. Dance students perform recitals throughout the year, and are taught various styles of dance from renaissance to modern.
Drawing & Painting
The visual arts are a very important piece of the education of an Annapolis student. Throughout their education they will discover and learn about many different kinds of artwork throughout history and the various mediums used. Below is the summary of what each grade focuses on in their time in Art.
- Kindergarten: Intro to the Great Masters
- First Grade: Egypt, Greece and Rome
- Second Grade: Medieval Art
- Third Grade: Colonial and American Art
- Fourth Grade: 1865 to Present- Art’ism’s. (Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism)
- Fifth Grade: Back to the beginning, Egypt, Greece and Rome
- Sixth Grade: Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Art
- Seventh Grade: The grey scale, drawing and sketching in black and white
- Eighth Grade: The color wheel: drawing with color theory
- Ninth-Twelfth: Painting and drawing in watercolor, acrylic, oil, prisms color, graphite pencil
Ceramics & Sculpture
Ceramics & sculpture are the arts of forming clay using wheel work and hand building into various pieces of useful and/or artistic value. Annapolis students can choose to take Ceramics in the Rhetoric school to learn an artist’s eye, patient work, and steady focus.