After School Arts Programs

The After School Arts Program is offered 4 days a week in visual and performing arts. The program’s mission is to provide a supplemental and in depth experience that builds on skills learned in the classroom, fosters a love for the arts, and expands artistic expression. Through visual and performing arts, students have the opportunity to continue studies in a small group class.

The After School Arts Program offers several different options in the visual and performing arts. Each class meets once a week from 3:30-4:30 (with the exception of the art club which meets from 3:30-5:30 (day and exact schedule to be confirmed in April).  The program’s mission is to provide a supplemental and in depth experience that builds on skills learned in the classroom, fosters a love for the arts, and expands artistic expression. Through visual and performing arts, students have the opportunity to continue studies in a small group class.  Performing arts classes are 3:30-4:30pm and Art Club is 3:30—5:30pm.  There is a course fee per trimester for each class (please see website for more information). Students interested in continuing their arts education after school have the opportunity to register for the following offerings:  Please keep in mind this is a tentative schedule and will be confirmed soon based on interest level and enrollment.  *Exact schedule and payment will be confirmed by Summer 2019.

Our foundress, Cornelia Connelly, reminded us throughout her teachings that the fine arts are a vital part of a Holy Child education, stressing the art of observation in acquiring knowledge–of the world, and of ourselves. Since our students face rigorous academic schedules, we encourage them to get truly engaged in their fine arts courses, to take full advantage of the opportunity to escape and expand their individuality in a completely different way. Not only do we believe in educating the whole child, which includes instilling that passion for the arts, we also inspire them to explore a whole host of “big ideas,” to expand their horizons, their minds, and their creativity along the way.

Our visual and performing arts instruction is deeply rooted in the hands-on exploration of each discipline. We have created a climate that nurtures and celebrates each student’s individual diversity and talent. We treat Visual Arts and Performing Arts with equal care, encouraging creative expression in a wide selection of course offerings. Our goal is to enhance the students’ lifelong appreciation of the arts, bring joy to their process, and to challenge their ability to grow in personal expression, and overall achievement.

Student painting in the upper school art room at Holy Child.

Mondays • 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Theatre Ensemble (middle school students)

Tuesdays • 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Art Club (upper and middle school students)

Tuesdays • 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Strings Ensemble (upper and middle school students)

Wednesdays • 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Winds Ensemble (upper and middle school)

Fridays • 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Dance (upper and middle school)

 

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About the Programs

Art Club
Unleash your creativity by taking a painting class. Students will explore various painting techniques and styles by using acrylics, or watercolors. Class will be individual need based and instructor will work on each person’s project covering composition, color theory, acrylic and watercolor techniques, indoors or outdoors weather permitted. Group exhibits will take place during the Evening of the Arts and in the school premises throughout the school year.

Instrumental
The instrumental music program provides an opportunity for students who have a background in instrumental music to continue to develop their playing ability through participation in small ensembles. Students will learn exercises to improve their tone production, tone quality, and technique. Through rehearsal, students will improve their sight-reading skills and acquire the confidence to present a successful performance. Students will discover a wide variety of repertoire through both performing, and listening, and field trips.

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Please contact Ms. Elsbeth Fager (efager@holychild.org), Director of Visual and Performing Arts, if you have any questions about the visual and performing arts program.

 

Faculty

Elsbeth Fager
Director of Visual and Performing Arts
MS and US Music
301.365.0955

Sonya Payne
Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair
US Arts Teacher
301.365.0955

Carole Dorlipo
MS and US Music
301.365.0955

Tony Thomas
Dance Instructor
MS and US Dance Choreographer
301.265.0955

James Carpenter
Theatre Instructor
MS and US Theatre Technical Director
301.365.0955

Grace McNicholas
MS and US Art Teacher
301.365.0955