“Something that we love about The Studio School is that we have many unique classes and events. Two of our favorite examples of this are our weekly Studio Players class, where we get to read plays aloud, and the annual Thanksgiving Feast in November, for which we paint murals based on a yearly theme.”
At The Studio School, visual and performing arts are embraced and infused throughout our community events and our classes. In Studio Players class, students study a variety of texts, including poetry, monologues, dialogues, and speeches in order to work on memorization, recitation, and elocution. Once they have honed their speaking skills, they engage in various debates, taking sides on historical, political, or social issues, or on a topic that may be under discussion within the school community or the classroom. In the spring, middle schoolers work together with elementary students to perform an original drama or musical for the entire community. They work on every aspect of the production, including directing, acting and singing, script writing, set design and construction, and costumes.
A highlight of our Thanksgiving Feast is the murals that decorate the gym as we gather for our traditional meal. As part of our Mural Making curriculum, all elementary and Middle School students participate in creating murals for Thanksgiving, based on a theme they choose each year, such as “Love and Understanding,” “Helping Others”, and “Tradition and Change.” Students work in small, mixed age groups planned by the teachers, beginning with research and discussion of their subjects, then measurement and sketches for composition and design, background washes, and then finished paintings.
“With the money we raise through Crowdrise, we want to help a child receive a full scholarship to attend our school and join us in all of the wonderful classes and celebrations that we enjoy so much.”