ARTS AT 1ST LUTHERAN
“God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” - Genesis 1:31
We recognize that creation, design, and artistic expression is at the core of God’s creative nature and seek to blend those elements into our well-rounded, Christ-centered curriculum. The arts are not an afterthought in our program design. We desire for students to use their full range of talents, developing confidence and skills in the arts.
1st Lutheran emphasizes the arts as a core component of our Christ-centered, student-driven education.
Early elementary students in K-2nd are exposed to many techniques and art processes during their time in Art classes by our certified Art teacher. They learn the basics of color theory and the Elements of Art. Students have fun creating their own works using these techniques. Art classes meet once a week, with their work being displayed throughout the school all year. Art students leave class with a feeling of accomplishment through their individual expression.
Upper Elementary in 3rd-4th and Middle School Art classes go beyond the basics of color theory and the Elements of Art. Meeting weekly for close to an hour, we have the opportunity to learn art history from cave art to modern times. We have a textbook which covers this information, as well as other resources. In Applied Art, students explore more advanced techniques and processes of art. From primitive clay work and cave paintings to computer-enhanced AI artwork, students gain a very wide education. Upper elementary art classes are on a two-year cycle, beginning with cave art in year one, and concluding with computer aided design in year two.
All art students grades K-8 have the opportunity to participate in an All-School Art Contest held each May. This contest is adjudicated by an outside certified judge, and awards given. Our Art curriculum is second to none, made possible by the small class size and exciting classes!
Primary Choir enjoys learning the music for our 3 musicals each year, as well as opportunities to sing at 1st Lutheran Church, and other venues. We learn and have fun demonstrating basic rhythms and musical concepts through games and activities. One of our favorite activities is Drum Circle where each child is given a percussion instrument, and through the process they are allowed to express themselves through music! In addition to learning the basics of music, we also explore music from other countries. We meet twice a week, with students looking forward to each class!
Middle School students learn music and rhythm reading, building on what was learned in Primary Choir. While also preparing for our musicals and singing engagements, older students learn proper singing techniques, the building blocks of music and music history. This group also explores music from other countries, enhancing the Music experience. Middle School students also learn to play the recorder. This is an awesome “leg up” preparing younger students for Band. The Drum Circle is also enjoyed by this group as they expand their technique and expression through music.
Students in grades 4-8 have the opportunity to play hand chimes in the Spring of each year. Developing their music-reading abilities, students learn and perform classic hand chime literature including both religious and secular music.
1st Lutheran students are involved in Band beginning in grade 5. Students are exposed to the instruments through a “petting zoo” in which they actually learn to play each of the instruments offered. After this one-on-one session with the director, the choice is made by the student, the director and the parents as to which instrument is chosen. Beginning Band students learn quickly because of our flexible schedule enabling individual and sectional instruction. Beginning Band students perform in the Christmas Concert, Solo/Ensemble Festival, various chamber music opportunities, and the Spring Concert.
The Advanced Band consists of students from grades 6-8. This group of students go beyond the basics of their instruments and ensemble playing to encompass classic Band literature. They achieve a level on their instrument which compares to the 9th and 10th grade levels in the Public schools. Almost all students upon leaving 1st Lutheran School are able to audition and gain admission in upper level Band classes. These levels of achievement are possible because of our flexible schedule opportunities at 1st. Advanced Band students also participate in the Solo/Ensemble Festival in March of each year. They are expected to perform a solo on the intermediate to advanced level according to ASBOA (Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Assn.) guidelines. Band students also are exposed to a general Music History curriculum throughout their experience.