Students at McAuliffe explore different areas in the arts and enroll in their full-year arts elective at the time of course selections. In each course, students develop skills in order to create and present art while deepening their understanding of art in the world. Students must be proficient in literacy and math to participate.

Review the IB MYP Arts brief here.

Course options include:

  • Theatre/Drama – Students are introduced to the basic concepts of theatre arts by using creative drama techniques that build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play. Through theatre games and activities students learn to lose inhibitions and gain trust in themselves as well as others in the ensemble. Students demonstrate and reinforce their skills through individual and group presentations and through major theatrical productions.
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Band – These courses may require instrument rental or purchase; scholarships available
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Orchestra – These courses may require instrument rental or purchase; scholarships available
  • Visual Arts – The Visual Arts classes allow for student-artists to explore and discover different perspectives and perceptions of themselves and the world at large through different art mediums (drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media). InĀ 6th grade classes, we investigate, create, and analyze symbolism across different cultures and eras of artworks. In 7th grade classes, artists are presented a variety of opportunities to see the world around them differently and develop in skill. In 8th grade classes, studentsĀ build and apply a range of skills to create artworks that speak out as they reflect on who they are and what role they play in the world today.
  • Journalism – Journalism incorporates writing, photography, design, and layout to publish several school newspapers and a yearbook throughout the year. Students investigate and brainstorm article ideas and learn to use photography to enhance stories.

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