Art & Music

3rd grade painting

Monet’s Le Pont Dans Le Jardain by Katherine 3rd Grade

Art

At Prince of Peace Catholic School, students exercise their creativity on various enjoyable projects following our curriculum under the direction of our art teacher. The curriculum offers a sequential art training program that builds on what students have learned in previous grades and prepares them for the next grade.

The curriculum has two fundamental goals.

Monet’s Le Pont Dans Le Jardain
by Katherine 3rd Grade

From K4 – Grade 8, students receive a complete coverage of all essential elements and principles of art including color, line, shape, form, texture, pattern, balance and emphasis.

3rd grade painting 2

Van Gogh’s Starry Night
by Matthew Kindergarten

Second, students learn about and imitate in their own ways the masters of the western art world (like Monet, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Matisse, and more).

Van Gogh’s Starry Night
by Matthew Kindergarten

Students receive a thorough introduction to art history, media exploration, creative self-expression, and drawing techniques as seen in the work of the masters.

Experiment with The Line
by William First Grade

Music

first grader drawing of turtle

Experiment with The Line
by William First Grade

Children from grades K4 – 8  study music at Prince of Peace Catholic School.  Our music program director has been trained in the Ward Method of vocal instruction, a method taught at the Catholic University of America which aims at instruction of music fundamentals and elementary choral performance for Catholic school children.

According to one description of the Ward Method, “children discover vocal and intonation exercises, count meter, and experience rhythm as movement. They creatively use each musical element through exercises, games and their own compositions. Thus, when the children are presented with a new song at the end of the lesson, they are easily able to separate and then rejoin the musical elements it contains.”

teacher directing music studentsschool choirWe also offer to students an opportunity to learn a band instrument.  There is an extra fee for this opportunity to participate

student playing trumpet

For our Wednesday school mass, students in Grades 5 – 8 take part in our school chorus, the St. Cecilia Chorus.  We also offer extra curricular choral opportunities.  Students in grades K5 – 1 are invited to take part in the parish “Primary Choir,” students in grades 2 – 5 may take part in the “Children’s Choir,” and middle school students may take part in the parish “Junior Choir.”