CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (THE ARTS)
Students will participate in fun and interesting art lessons as well as activities centered around various forms of art. Through the use of different art materials, students will develop their technical skills, take creative risks, solve problems, express themselves, and explore their creativity. They will have the opportunity to respond to their peers’ artwork, other artist’s works, as well as their own, and make connections to inform their thinking and find inspiration. Students will be encouraged to use their imagination and be inquirers in this expressive and engaging after-school art class!
Students will be part of the magic of the stage in this unique and exciting art class! They will imagine, design, build, and even utilize the props they create when they go to drama class. Everything from collaborating to making larger than life props to individual mask making will be covered. This is a great class for students who enjoy molding and sculpting to create three-dimensional artworks. Make one-of-a-kind props from imagination and see them come to life through this engaging art co-curricular activity!
This painting CCA is designed to give the students the opportunity to build upon experience with drawing and painting skills. It enables them to practice with the expressed goal of further developing creative invention and honing technical as well as observational drawing skills. Students are encouraged to dive into areas of experimentation with various materials while being risk-takers and problem solvers. They will receive the chance to create both representational and abstract artwork. We will dip into some interesting art history and have a blast in this art CCA!
In 3D Art and Sculpture, students will be able to take their creative ideas off the page and into the third dimension! They will have the opportunity to experiment and create with a wide variety of materials and processes to create unique 3D works of art. Students will utilize clay, cardboard, recycled materials, paper maché, fabric and more in their creations while continuing to build on the foundational skills and knowledge in the Visual Arts.
We are very excited to be offering the Chinese Arts & Crafts CCA again this Semester here at Stamford American School. This was an extremely popular program last year and we are aiming to make it an even more enjoyable and educational program for students this year. The Chinese Arts & Crafts CCA will offer students from Pre-Primary – Grade 8 who are interested in working with colorful paper, thread, watercolors and other art materials to create Chinese drama masks and other interesting Chinese Art The language of the instruction will be Chinese. We look forward to having a fun and colorful Art CCA program!
Calligraphy is an essential component of Chinese Art; the presentation of the characters is more figurative. Students will learn the basics set of rules including (dot, horizontal stroke, falling stroke, vertical stroke, hook, etc.) Students learn the rules of the combination of Chinese characters and ways to vary the combinations to create beautiful art while also allowing themselves to express themselves.
Pre-Primary to Grade 3: Choir is a beautiful way to expose young people to great music, ensemble etiquette, teamwork and many cultures. This Choir requires no audition, and all are welcome! Young children love to express themselves in all kinds of ways including through musical performance. Singing is a natural and enjoyable way to show your creativity and develop your talents. We will rehearse and perform quality, multicultural literature with the emphasis on proper technique, increased confidence, musical expression and beginner part-singing. Enthusiasm, open-mindedness, and focus are most welcome! This Choir will be featured in a performance this semester.
Grade 4 to Grade 8: Choir for Grades 4 to 8 is open to all! This Choir requires no audition and students need no prior experience to join. We will work quickly and with focus. Students who have an interest in singing great literature and working with others who enjoy doing the same are encouraged to participate. This is a wonderful opportunity to work as an ensemble and to gain valuable performance experience. The emphasis of this Choir is to perform, with increasing sophistication, quality pieces from a variety of time periods and cultures. Students will be expected to show progress in their pitch matching, rhythmic accuracy, vocal technique, independence in part-singing and ensemble attitude. Some pieces will require choreography and movement. This Choir will be featured in a performance this semester.
Wind Ensemble will give our students who play a wind instrument an opportunity to work together, playing independently, in multiple parts. Students who are currently studying or who have recently studied Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Trumpet are welcome to join. An appropriate level of proficiency is required to participate in this program. Students must provide their own instruments and should be studying with a private teacher. Students will audition on their instrument before the CCA’s begin. The Wind Ensemble will be featured in a performance this semester.
Let’s share your music and make new friends in the String Ensemble! This string ensemble provides an introductory ensemble experience for developing string players. It offers instruction on ensemble playing of violin, viola, cello, and string bass instruments, with a focus on the skills necessary for long-term success. Fundamental skills include proper posture and playing position, development of characteristic tone quality and training in music literacy.
This experience is ideal for students who have limited previous participation in instrumental ensembles. It may also be ideal for those already with experience but who may need a review and reinforcement of music reading, playing fundamentals and technique that are vital for lasting musical development. Students in grade 1-8 are welcome. Students must provide their instruments and should be studying with a private teacher. This ensemble will be featured in a school concert. Auditions are required for placement in this ensemble.
The String Orchestra offers a unique platform to encourage young and new musicians to hone their musicianship and improve their playing techniques! This intermediate string orchestra is for students who already have an understanding of essential music reading, instrument assembly and maintenance, correct playing position and sound tone production. Instruction offers a continued focus on the refinement of tone quality, technique, aural skills, and music literacy. Students will provide their own instruments and should be studying with a private teacher. This orchestra will be featured in the school concerts. Placement is by audition including the following requirements:
The Drama production will be an auditioned play for elementary students. Auditions will take place August 20th-23rd. Audition expectations, cast size and rehearsal schedules are shared on MyStamford. Students will have the opportunity to audition for a production that they will perform in May. Students will be able to increase their risk-taking, confidence and collaboration skills. They will perform in front of an audience, developing a character and projecting their voices, using their body language and singing skills. By taking part in rehearsals, students will demonstrate their commitment and creativity by working together to produce a show. We hope to see many of our students joining this exciting opportunity.
The competitive chess club is designed for students who have more advanced knowledge of chess and want to hone their skills for competitions both with their at school teammates and outside Stamford. The competitive chess CCA will develop more advanced strategies through coaching and by playing with skilled opponents.
The Chess club is designed for students to learn the basics of chess and for those more advanced in chess to learn new strategies to improve their overall game. The students will play games of chess during the class as well as receive coaching. Students will be encouraged to participate in Chess tournaments at a later date.
This exciting CCA program will give students the opportunity to experience Chinese culture in a variety of different forms through music, drama, poetry and art. Students will be able to practice their language skills and improve self-confidence through a variety of enjoyable activities. They will listen to and learn how to sing popular Mandarin songs. Students will get the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills in a variety of enjoyable ways such as reciting poetry, reading essays and debating interesting topics. An exciting CCA to enjoy and learn more about Chinese culture while improving confidence and having fun!
The Debate club helps you improve your public speaking skills, learn about political affairs and connect with other like-minded students. Because this is the first time being offered here at Stamford, we’ll begin by looking at different debate formats and practicing the basics of good public speaking before moving on to competitive debate situations. By the end of the semester, we’ll aim to conduct a mock Congress format by speaking.
World Music Percussion Ensemble will introduce the students to rhythms, instruments and songs from around the globe. We will focus on African drums, including djembes and tubanos, xylophones and bass bars and a variety of percussion instruments. Students will play in multiple parts and will have the opportunity to improvise and possibly even accompany one of our Choir pieces in the ensemble concert! We will focus on playing style, increasing proper technique and building performer confidence. This group will be featured in a performance this semester.