The study of art and the overall creative process helps us to become more fully human. Beauty and the act of creating brings us closer to ourselves, others, and God. What a gift! We have so many opportunities to witness our God-given surroundings, immersing ourselves in the wondrous and mysterious process of creating.
Overbrook’s art studio (OStudio!) introduces students to a variety of works of art, artists, art movements and general art historical concepts. Students will create works of art in a variety of media, including but not limited to: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, collage, and mixed media. Full, free, imaginative expression and careful, focused work is encouraged. Process and product are carefully balanced, as there is a place for both in the art curriculum. Technique and skill development is important, yet experimentation, creative risk taking, and self-exploration is encouraged.
The arts are essential in developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The arts encompass all subjects and require a wide base of knowledge to fully understand movements, techniques, and art processes. Overbrook has a sequential, integrated, and interdisciplinary art curriculum that seeks to make cross curricular connections for student artists.
The music classroom is a busy and joyful space which offers many ways for students to experience music and develop musical skills: singing, movement and playing instruments. Students are introduced to age-appropriate theory and note reading, in addition to composers and musical styles. As students progress, they have the opportunity to play a variety of non-pitched percussion instruments, xylophones, chime bars, flutophones and recorders. Students also learn music to help prepare them for weekly and special liturgical celebrations. Curriculums follow the National Standards for Music Education.