ESA has a thriving arts program. Not only do our teachers strive to incorporate the arts in all subject areas but we also have 3 specific arts programs: band, visual arts, and an extracurricular musical theatre program.
Students are offered Art as a K-8 elective or specials class. All K-5 students are required to take art as a specials class. Students 6-8 are given the option to take art as an elective. Ms. Brown is our K-5 art teacher and Mr. Patton is our grades 6-8 art teacher.
A note from Ms. Brown:
Lower School Art focuses on introducing the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Lessons are built around these and the overall craftsmanship of the student. Students work with materials such as oil pastels, watercolor and tempera paints, paper mache, printmaking and a variety of others. Nearly every project features artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, and many more! In addition, we work with the lower school mandarin teacher, Ms. Wang, during the Chinese Lunar New Year in February! Students in my class are challenged and required to think critically throughout the entire art process all while building a sense of responsibility.
Students Working in Art Class
Chinese New Year Dragon Dance Dragons
A note from Mr. Patton:
Middle School Art, like the other elective classes, is a choice based course. Students sign up for electives at the end of the prior school year or at enrollment, whichever is most recent. At the present time, art is grade-level based, and not skill level based. We cover a multicultural curriculum that includes artwork from different countries and artists throughout the semester. We study everything from Native American dreamcatchers, Indonesian Batiks, Indian Mandala Art, Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud Pop Art, and M.C. Escher Tessellations to Optical Illusion art, Japanese Notan art, and Pablo Picasso Inspired Superheroes.
Envision Science Academy has a robust theater program! We typically offer one smaller stage play in the fall (10 players) and one larger musical in the spring (20-40 players). Students in 4th-8th grade can audition for roles or interview to be a part of the backstage crew which builds props, and assists with production (sound, lighting and props). Theater meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays weekly from 3:30-4:45. Each show includes 3 Saturday workshops and extra rehearsals the week of production. Previous productions include: The Programmer of OZ, Willy Wonka Jr., Elf Jr., The Enchanted Bookshop, Moana Jr. and Alice in Wonderland Jr.. Our current production to be featured in the spring of 2023 is Frozen Jr..