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Our Lady of Mount Carmel offers fine arts curriculum including visual arts, music and performing arts.

Visual Arts

Visual arts lessons, based on the renowned Art In Action curriculum, are taught twice-monthly in all grades by a credentialed art teacher with parent help.

The Art in Action Program provides a high quality, comprehensive K–8 visual arts curriculum. Students learn about works of art from cultures around the world, how to look at art using art vocabulary and concepts, and how to express themselves by creating their own unique masterpieces. Supported by training classes and online resources, the unique spiral curriculum—introducing and reinforcing concepts through the 9 program levels—gives students a solid foundation in drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques. The multifaceted lessons develop students’ critical-thinking skills, creativity, visual literacy, self-esteem, and an appreciation of other cultures. Online lessons are available on demand to give teachers animated explanations and detailed, easy-to-use directions.

Each of the 9 program levels has 12 sequential, age-appropriate lessons. Every lesson includes open-ended discussion questions designed to help students carefully observe various works of art, analyze them, support their ideas with evidence, and listen to the ideas of others. The students express themselves visually by applying what they have learned to create their own masterpieces. This flexible program can be taught either by the classroom teacher or by trained parent docents. All lessons are aligned with National Visual Arts Standards and are easily aligned with Common Core and other subjects.

The following themes are explored at each grade level:

TK/K: Art Around the World

First grade: Art Tells a Story

Second grade: The Artist's Vision

Third grade: Perspective in Art

Fourth grade: Modern Art

Fifth grade: American Art

Sixth grade: Ancient Art

Seventh grade: Renaissance Art

Eighth grade: Art & the American Experience

Music & Performing Arts

Children sing every morning at assembly and every grade has a weekly music class. Curriculum includes voice training, learning to read music, and singing liturgical, popular and traditional songs. Beginning with our unique Three Piggy Opera in Kindergarten, all students take place in a theatrical music production each year, building confidence and public presentation skills. We also offer a Children's Choir for students in grades 3-8.