The New Community School believes in educating the whole student in areas that include personal talents and interests. By offering a wide variety of art courses, we hope to offer students opportunities to explore and develop their strengths and abilities. Because so many of our students have exhibited impressive practical and artistic talent over the years, we believe that a strong foundation in the arts is crucial to the nurturing of these talents.
We also recognize that students have strengths in areas of intellect that are not fully developed in academic classrooms and that an enriched curriculum should address these varying strengths. Students benefit in many ways when they are given opportunities to demonstrate their talents. Not only can they participate in school-wide presentations such as art and photography exhibits or drama productions, but they are also able to develop their leadership skills. The accolades they receive can significantly improve their self-esteem.
There are several offerings in the arts at TNCS. The middle school art classes integrate historically appropriate art projects with the history and social studies curriculum. Middle school students may select among classes in visual arts (Studio Art Exploratory and Art of Many Cultures) drama, and music (Introductory Guitar and Intermediate Guitar). Upper school students select from a wide array of classes in the visual arts (Drawing and Painting, Three Dimensional Art, Basic Photography, and Advanced Photography) or may select drama or creative writing. Typically not all classes are offered in a particular year; exact offerings usually reflect a combination of student interest and faculty availability.
For additional information on classes offered at TNCS, view our Course Descriptions (PDF).