At WNS students learn about art.
We look at art. We think about art. We talk about art. We MAKE art.
And through these means, these processes, these techniques, the mysterious gift of art is opened and one finds critical thinking, visual literacy, and artistic expression.
On the adventure of art education, students discover the difference between the texture of simple crayons and complex oil pastel. Brush strokes create movement and direction in the gentle tide of waves. Subtle variations of bone structure are examined as self portraits communicate identity. Abstraction causes theory to be defined. Questions of purpose and meaning are asked through artist study.
We ask questions. We erase. We paint. We observe. We play. We make messes. We make meaning. We connect to the world. We learn about art.
Our music program is strong and has evolved over the years. The elementary students attend two music lessons per week where they develop aural skills, reading notation, rhythm singing and solfege, listening to a diverse range of musical genres and develop performing skills using recorder, xylophones and percussion instruments.
Middle school students present two concerts per year as well as present an Easter Chapel service which involves choral singing and dramatic readings.
High school students continue on with the instrumental program - band and string ensemble. The students continue to build on understanding the music theory, aural, musical interpretation, music history, different genres of music and performance skills.
WNS seeks to encourage students to set external music goals and is particularly supportive of ABRSM (Associated Board Of the Royal School of Music) Practical and Theory examinations. WNS is a host site for one of the examination centres for students sitting the practical examinations from an ABSRM examiner from London.