Everyone has a story to tell. Stories define who we are, who we want to be, where we've come from—stories give life to alternative places, visions, and dreams. St. Stephen's Fine Arts Program is built around magnifying the voices of our young storytellers. Through music, drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, and theatre, St. Stephen's students have an opportunity to create and represent their visions. Our Fine Arts Program is fully integrated with the core curriculum, and our students enjoy creative outlets to express what they are learning in history, math, literature, and science.
From Kindergarten on, St Stephens students are offered a full range of creative studio art opportunities, from drawing and painting to multimedia and sculpture projects. They study art history in the art room and experience it firsthand through visits to museums and visits with guest artists.* Our students are offered opportunities to compete at the local, state, and national levels.
From the earliest levels, the music program at St. Stephen's strives to support a lifelong love of creating, performing, and listening to music. The youngest students focus on developing pitch and rhythm through seasonal songs, games, stories, and playing instruments. Starting in Kindergarten, students continue to develop their aural training and begin their journey into music notation, utilizing Kodaly-influenced materials. In the upper levels, the students gain a deeper understanding of music history.
Students have the opportunity to work with professional filmmakers and producers Stefan Blozinski and Anita Long. The film courses cover storyboarding, production, editing, acting, sound, location scouting, casting, and the history of filmmaking. Students enter into film festivals on local and statewide levels.
This all-encompassing introduction to theatre arts will serve new young artists as they take their first steps toward understanding "the basics" of theatre. Students will gain a better understanding of the inner workings of theatre concepts, principles, and practices, as well as an expanded knowledge of theatre history. This course will provide a strong foundation for pursuing the arts while enhancing other non-arts skills such as public speaking, the ability to collaborate with others, and giving and receiving constructive feedback.
*Unfortunately, on hold due to COVID-19.