Art classes are held once a week for kindergarten through eighth grade students. The art curriculum includes the creation of a wide variety of art, often integrated with grade level curricula in math, social studies, religion, and literature. To varying degrees, all students examine famous works of art and explore their historical and cultural contexts. Junior high students also learn basic ceramic skills, including hand-building techniques, the potter’s wheel, and glazing and firing ceramics in the school’s kiln.
The art classes routinely use the multimedia projector to view PowerPoint presentations on a variety of subjects including color theory, architectural styles, and artists and their artwork. This technology is also used to explore many interactive art websites. Junior high students create projects that incorporate digital photography with hand made art.
St. Thomas More School holds an annual Arts Festival each May. During this festival, students’ artwork is displayed throughout the school and our seventh and eighth grade students present a play. Arts Festival is also open to our community. St. Thomas More students participate in the annual Diocesan CYO art competition, the annual Allentown Diocese calendar contest, and a variety of other contests. Eighth grade students also participate in the annual Baum School of Art Scholarship Program through the Allentown Art Museum.
Kindergarten students experience Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel by drawing and coloring under the tables!
Music: Curriculum Overview
Music classes are scheduled once a week for grades kindergarten through eight. The curriculum is taught in compliance with the National Standards for Music Education and the guidelines set forth by the Music Educators’ National Conference. Singing, dancing, listening, music appreciation along with history, rhythm activities, instrument playing, and theory are combined into a broad-based general music curriculum. Liturgical music is incorporated into the curriculum. Special emphasis is given at all grade levels to applying listening skills to all areas of the school curriculum and relating the arts to other areas of study. Students have the opportunity to participate in plays and musical organizations.
Music performances by world-renowned artists and performing organizations are available with CDs and DVDs, and through the internet. In grades 3 through 8, music composition In addition, the use of an electronic whiteboard and music composition software enhances the study of theory, composition and music-reading.
- The fifth grade attends a local performance of the Nutcracker ballet in December, and the sixth grade attends the Allentown Symphony Youth Concert in April.
- Fifth and Sixth grades, in entirety, perform a Christmas musical in December each year, for the school and for the public.
- Seventh and Eighth Graders perform a musical during the Arts Festival in May each year, for the school and for the public.
- Students in Grades 4 through 8 have the opportunity to participate in the Central Catholic High School Music Competition for feeder elementary schools.