In early grades art lessons are based on line, color, and shape. Older students will add to these elements and also learn about the design principles of art. Students will engage in art making and other activities to learn about famous artists, cultures, and art history. Often lessons will relate to what students are studying in their academic classes. Students will learn that making art is a valued way of expressing their feelings or their reaction to the beauty around them. Within the classroom, students employ the dramatic arts to learn about content across the curriculum. Students choreograph mini dramas that incorporate science, social studies, and literature. In addition, Charleston Stage joins us for a drama intensive each Fall.
Our Visual Art class aims to allow Middle Schoolers to opportunity to explore self expression through Art. The program equally values process and product, the joy of exploration, creative risk taking, and artistic play. Students will explore a variety of media and techniques, as well as study a variety of contemporary artists.
Charleston Stage faculty will hold weekly drama classes at The Cooper School, allowing students to partipate in all aspects of theatrical production and creative dramatics. In addition to weekly classes, all Middle Schoolers will have the opportunity to take part in a musical theater production.