Trinity’s K-8 art curriculum follows the pedagogy of TAB, or Teaching for Artistic Behavior, a methodology that is student-focused, choice-based and teacher-facilitated. A simple three-sentence curriculum guides this work: The child is the Artist. The art room is the child's studio. What do artists do?
The learning environment is designed to provide centers or mini art studios complete with instructional information, menus, resources, materials and tools. Students make a choice, moving independently between centers, utilizing materials, tools and resources as needed in their art making, such as painting, clay or printmaking. Students have to use higher level critical-thinking skills to strategically manage time as they move between materials and mediums to experience the full artistic process.
We value the process of art as children as well as students as artists. It is the responsibility of the art teacher to facilitate a fertile ground for creative thinking, problem-finding and solving, and idea generation as students become self-directed and authentic artists.
Edmund Feldman states, “…art is a universally human act,” so its importance is held in high regard. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the art room at Trinity Episcopal School where students are given the opportunity to learn while engaged in the process of creating something new and authentic to the artist's vision and ideas.
We take pride in the integration of art within core subject learning as the student artists see fit. When the child is the artist, they learn to use the art studio to connect all areas of their academic life in authentic ways.
Trinity’s performing arts program reflects our commitment to a well-rounded liberal arts education with a focus on each student’s creative expression. The music program provides many opportunities for individual growth and fosters every child’s innate love of music.
All K-4 students take general music which emphasizes creativity, music appreciation, musical literacy and performance preparation.
Beginning in Fifth Grade, students may choose from one of two ensembles: choir or band. These ensembles perform in Chapel performances and formal concerts throughout the year.
Beyond musical theory, our Lower School students experience the world of drama through grade-level productions throughout the year such as:
Gr. 1: Fairy Tale Plays
Gr. 4: Aladdin
Gr. 5: Shakespeare Play
In addition to music ensembles (choir or band), our Middle School students have the opportunity to showcase their talent and passion for drama through our Spring Musical production and our Winter Play.