Lower School Arts
Every child is an artist at Barrie
Our art rooms are places of research and discovery where children develop unique voices through an exciting and inspirational investigation of concepts, techniques, and materials.
Primary Program - Ages 3-5
LOWER ELEMENTARY - gRADES 1-3
UPPER ELEMENTARY - GRADES 4-5
Developing an aesthetic sense, taking risks with creative expression, and understanding the visual world inspire our students. Art history, integration of grade-level studies and creative experiences in the classroom are also an important part of the program.
In the Arts program, the students are able to build their skills throughout the year and continue to grow as they progress to the next level. As a whole-school Visual Arts Department, we discuss the curriculum for grades 5 and 6 to make sure the progression is natural and appropriate.
Throughout the Lower School, vocal and instrumental music, along with movement and dance, are combined with dramatic elements in order for the students to see the music as an expression of the human experience. Students from age 3 to grade 5 experience making music as part of story-telling. In Primary classes, students act out seasonal songs and classic children’s tales, choosing their level of involvement as musicians, singers and actors. These lessons are spontaneous in nature and ‘performed’ inside their own music room in order to allow every student an emotionally safe place to experiment. Elementary students continue to engage in the emotional and dramatic elements of their weekly music-making in a similar fashion. In the spring semester, the students produce a full ‘theatrical and musical’ performance of an authentic folk-tale inspired by the country and/or continent from that year’s Montessori curriculum, using authentic songs, music and dances to enhance the story.