Our Drama program, run by Mrs. Bonthuys, follows the Blueprints for the Arts. Program features include acting, playwriting, set design, choreography, technical theater, and directing. This work is showcased through a variety of grade level productions. Our past productions have included “Under the Sea”, “The Great and Powerful Oz”, "The Greatest Show" and "The Lion King."
Literacy through Art & Music
An enrichment piece that is incorporated into our social studies curriculum is Literacy through Art and Music. This program studies various works of art and various musical compositions from the 1920’s to better understand historical eras throughout history. At AEA, upper grade students study the causes and effects of Slavery and the Great Migration on the Harlem Renaissance. The students will explore the Great Migration as a movement that affected American culture, music, and society as a whole through music, art, and the five forever factors (political, social, geography, economics, and technology). Students will focus on various artists with a spotlight on the artist, Jacob Lawrence. The students will use various mediums to synthesize their learning throughout the unit. Parallel teaching will be done by Ms. Stewart, our Visual Arts Resident.
Literacy is brought to life for our students through the use of Reader’s Theater. This is utilized in the classroom as well as during Drama instruction.
Visual Arts Residency
Mrs. Geffen will be providing visual art instruction to our students. Students will learn about different art styles such as sculpture, charcoal drawing, watercolor painting, collage, and creative work using various media.
Ms. McCullagh is so excited to be running our new music program this year! Our program will provide students, of all levels, an in house opportunity to learn and perfect their musical skills and talents.