"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning." - Plato
THE ARTS AT PROVIDENCE CLASSICAL SCHOOL
The Arts form a key component of the curriculum for every Providence student from kindergarten to 12th grade. To graduate, students must complete an equal number of credits in the Arts as in mathematics or in science. As image-bearers, students are born to create but must be inspired and trained how to create what is true, beautiful, and good. At Providence, students are given the tools to express beauty, truth, and goodness in their lives through art, music, and drama for God’s ultimate glory. The Arts program culminates in the Senior year when each graduating student embarks on a year-long Creative Arts Project that may encompass any form or expression of art that is individually designed, fashioned, discussed, and presented to the entire student body and PCS Board of Directors.
Fine Arts — The study of art and history are naturally paired together throughout the grammar and dialectic years. Students learn to recognize and imitate great works of art while being instructed in colors, mediums and styles. Electives during the rhetoric years allow students to practice drawing, painting, architecture, sculpture, photography, and animation.
Music — Through the instruction of music theory, appreciation, and practice, students are encouraged to develop a love of music as both listeners and music-makers. Providence students are given opportunities to perform as soloists, in strings or instrumental ensembles, choir, and worship teams in weekly chapels and special presentations such as Grandparents’ Day, Veteran’s Day, and Shakespeare Festival. Rhetoric students have access to a fully equipped recording studio as well as fascinating courses in sound engineering and productions with which they can explore and bring to musical projects to complete fruition, finishing the process that began in kindergarten.
Drama — Grammar students (grades 3-5) and all rhetoric students receive weekly instruction in drama. Students learn to communicate purposeful thought, feeling, and expression to the audience. Staged theater productions and skits give participants the opportunity to perform for the student body and community while putting these skills into practice.