Visual and Performing Arts
The arts programs at St. Patrick’s strive to provide a strong and comprehensive foundation in the skills, language, tools, habits, and understandings that lead to confidence in and appreciation for each discipline.
The goal of the art program is to awaken and develop the artistic spirit in each student by cultivating a deeper awareness of one's own innate powers of observation and discovery.
Innovation and experimentation intersect with learned skills to empower students in the expressive language of the visual arts. Through art-making with a variety of media, students are encouraged to reflect on and capture a deeper understanding of their own life experiences.
Creative and artistic expression abounds in the St. Patrick’s art program. A walk into any of our three wonderful art studios (Lower School, Upper School, and MacArthur Campus) and through the hallways and classrooms tells the story of a dynamic art program—prints, collages, sculptures, self-portraits, ceramics, drawings, and paintings adorn the walls and display cabinets
The music program fosters a lifelong love of music, develops the competencies that will enable children to participate fully in the music curriculum, and lays a foundation for participation in music beyond St. Patrick's.
Step into any of our three music classrooms and you might see students creating movements to music with simple props, playing Orff instruments, composing a simple aria, singing together, practicing handbells, playing African drums or xylophones, or learning to play the recorder. Music instruction at St. Patrick’s builds a foundation of skills through work with pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, form, timbre, and style. Always there is singing, which binds us together as a community whether in music classes, chapels, or concerts.
With a longstanding tradition of musical excellence, St. Patrick’s offers a variety of opportunities to participate in both instrumental and choral ensembles. Each ensemble provides students with exciting opportunities to further their musicianship while developing leadership skills, self-confidence through performance, teamwork, and friendships. Ensemble members make a serious commitment to attend all rehearsals and participate in all performances.