Our visual arts, music, and drama programs continue to be a critical component of the quality, Christ-centered education at SBCA. We hope you enjoy the following updates from Robin Schlauder, Art & Music Teacher, and Andie Bills, Drama Teacher, on what our students are currently working on this fall.
Students are warming up their voices as we prepare for an exciting year ahead. In August, we practiced songs we learned last year to help us remember the skills we learned. We’ll spend the next few months singing new songs and learning new performance techniques in anticipation of a talent show later this year.
Last month, we went back to the basics of drawing. Students practiced making lines on black and white media in ways that express their individual creativity. Our younger grades enjoyed fun DIY crafts using yarn and glue. Older students will begin to focus on conceptualizing, creating, and critiquing two-dimensional compositions using the elements and principles of design we reviewed at the start of the school year. We’ll transition to learning the basics of printmaking towards the end of the semester.
Our 7th and 8th-grade drama class is exploring the basic acting process this semester. They will choose monologues and practice creating and rehearsing scenes with an emphasis on stage presence and character development.
The 10th and 11th-grade class is studying the hit musical Hamilton with special attention to vocal performance and physical expression. This semester, we’re shifting our focus from theatre to television production due to cancellations of theatre shows caused by COVID-19. Students will begin learning script writing, lighting, news gathering, interviewing, and more. They’ll apply these skills to create a three-part video series called “Knights News” that will be aired to middle & high school students from September through December.