PCA recently revamped its fine arts curriculum to best meet the needs of students seeking to pursue further study at the college level. The PCA program combines up to eight visual arts courses with offerings in music and theatre to create a diversified program.
In the visual arts students build from courses in basic design and methods to skilled courses in drawing and digital photography. A new Upper School orchestra and offerings in chorus provide large-group performance opportunities for students in music. Students can choose small group opportunities in areas like flute choir or courses in basic guitar or world drumming to further their music talents.
The interdisciplinary theatre class introduces students to the vocabulary, techniques, production and history of the theatre. Students may progress from reading and writing, to improving acting skills and participating in two annual school productions. The classes are designed to maximize artistic gifts and students are supported in exploring new areas of opportunity.
SOAR 2010 Literary and Fine Arts Magazine!
The fact that you are reading this means you have been or are being introduced to a student publication that I celebrate for its ability to capture the creativity of PCA students. While it is easy to see how God has gifted them as you look at the art, poetry and other media, it is important to know that the full production taps into the giftedness of our students. The production, web design and web programming are all done by students. This is a truly student-led initiative.
I love the fact that SOAR represents the fulfillment of one aspect of our mission statement. When we state that we want to help students develop their God-given talents in the arts, products like SOAR are the proof that this is indeed happening.
The arts connect us to a creative God who made the beauty that we see around us and made us as creatures in His image who appreciate the aesthetics captured in music, painting, poetry, song and so much more. To the extent to which SOAR demonstrates this, I celebrate its production.
Head of School
To View SOAR in Print:
Print copies of SOAR are available for viewing in both school offices, lobbies, libraries, the main school reception desk, the Head of School's office, the art rooms, the junior high classrooms and the Upper School English teachers' classrooms.
To View SOAR Online:
SOAR submissions appear in the following sections:
The entire SOAR file is very large, and has been broken into a series of smaller files. To see a particular student's work, go first to the link entitled Soar 2010 Table ofContents.pdf and note which sections include that student's work. (Note the page numbers hyperlinked in the Table of Contents will not work at this time.)
Then click on the files below for each section. They appear in numbered order, e.g., "SOAR 2010 Animals1.pdf, SOAR 2010 Animals2.pdf, and so on.)
We are working on a permanent site for the entire SOAR file and will announce when it is available.
ENJOY SOAR 2010!
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