Fine Arts Curriculum Philosophy

Catholic Fine Arts Education originates with the recognition that each of us has the capacity for thinking and living artistically. It is based on the belief that God has endowed each of us with talents and gifts which God expects us to develop and use to the best of our ability. Through our artistic endeavors we become active participants in continuing God’s creation in ourselves and in our society.

Fine Arts Education is an essential part of the school curriculum. It allows the child to express him/herself aesthetically, balancing the intellectual side of the brain with the artistic side of the brain. As a universal language, music and art can be interpreted and understood to some extent by all children.

Through art and music education, teachers and students can come to identify their talents and gifts, and respond to the beauty of God’s world. They can learn to appreciate the creative talents of artists in many places, cultures, and time periods.

 

Fine Arts Instructional Resources:

2000 Elementary Art Resource Guide
2009 Elementary Art Resource Update
Grades 9 -12 National Standards for Arts Education- Visual Arts (1994) 
2000 Elementary Music Resource Guide
2009 Elementary Music Resource Update
Grades 9 -12 National Standards for Arts Education- Music (1994)
National Core Arts Standards (2014) -Updated National Standards for music, art, theatre, dance
St. Louis University Lay Center for Education and the Arts Field Trip Information                                                            
Music performed at the Elementary Song Festival since 2009
  

 

Schedules for Upcoming Events:

Contest Booklet 2015-16                                                                                                                                                        
Grant Booklet 2016-17
  
 Schedules for individual events will be posted as they become available
 
 
Registration Forms: 
 
Fine Arts Adventure:
This monthly publication is designed to inform Fine Arts teachers of activities, events, professional development opportunities and suggest ideas for lesson plans.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Music and Art Lesson Plans

"What Say the Reeds at Runnymede" by Regina Morris - Dedicated to the 800 aniversary of the Magna Carta     Music Lesson Plans from the Fine Arts Adventure 2007- 2008
Art Lesson Plans from the Fine Arts Adventure 2007- 2008
Art Lesson Plans from the 2008 Elementary Art Workshop
Art Lesson Plans from the 2009 Elementary Art Workshop
Art Lesson Plans from the 2010 Elementary Art Workshop
Music Resources from the 2010 Elementary Music Teacher Workshop
Exploring Architecture PDF

For additional information contact:

Ken Lederle
Director of Fine Arts (K-12)
Catholic Education Office
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis MO 63119
314.792.7324
klederle@archstl.org