Discovering the Creative Self
Stanley students participate formally in four branches of artistic expression: music, dance, theater and visual arts. Instruction and expression in Stanley art classes are child-directed explorations. Ask young and older students alike, you'll hear the same themes of instruction followed by limitless exploration. This ethic comes from our curricular goals for art students:
- Use courage, self-confidence, voice, skills and knowledge to visually, musically, dramatically, physically communicate and respond to the world through art
- Expression through the arts with intent, purpose and thoughtfulness
- Understand that art is an element of everyday life and learning
"I'm not told what to do. I can play with what we have in the art barn, or whatever we're working on. I like it when I can do work on my own ideas and am proud of what I've made."
- 5th-grade student
On the Ballroom Stage
Each year, every division mounts memorable, student capstone performances including the 2nd-grade show, 5th-grade musical, 6th-grade Shakespeare studies and the 8th-grade musical.
There are also less formal institutions, such as the middle school Cave open-mic shows, the 8th grade Cabaret, art-class bands and the annual all-school Arts Festival. Each gives students a chance to shine.