Creativity is at the core of the St. Andrew’s experience, and our fine arts program ensures that the learning journey is enriched by appreciation for beauty, expression, and ingenuity.
Visual art instruction is imperative to a student’s understanding of aestheticism and technique and can be found throughout all three divisions at St. Andrew’s. Students learn the functions of shape, mass, color, and texture bridging into advanced instruction through the International Baccalaureate program, which engages the student to experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media.
Music Instruction also begins at the early age of 3 with enrichments dedicated to rhythm and identifying instruments and sounds. At age 8 students may elect to specialize in strings or band. Chorus in fifth grade added route for the young musician. Each of these divisions offer ensembles tailored to the talents, interests, and goals of the student including a wind ensemble, symphonic and concert bands, strings quintet and orchestra, and chamber and concert choirs.
Theatre is offered at the lower school level in the Rising Stars after school program. Classroom instruction begins in middle school and continues each year culminating in the IB Theatre experience; a two year course that focuses on theatre traditions around the world, writing and directing theatre pieces, and solo performances inspired by the work of renowned theatre practitioners. Combining both visual art and theatre is the Production Design class offered at the upper school level which encourages the student to communicate literary meaning through the artistic expression of set creations.
Pervasive and essential to all three divisions of the school, the fine arts program at St. Andrew’s is a robust department. At all levels, it’s mission is to encourage an imaginative approach to problem solving requiring the student to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries.