Fine Arts

Academics:  Curriculum:

Fine Arts:  The Fine Arts are an important part of the curriculum at Our Savior. Educating the whole person means educating the mind, body and soul. Participating in choir, band, drama and art are facets of Fine Arts. Students develop knowledge of what is true and beautiful. They began their journey as life long learners of music, art and drama.

Classroom Music: Kindergarten - Grade 5 - Our Kindergarten students practice in tune singing and learning song rhythms. Grades 1 - 4 practice in tune singing and music reading and writing taught through Kodaly Music Education principles. Also in Grade 4 they learn to play recorder, a pre-band instrument. In Grade 5 our students study composers and music appreciation unless they elect Beginning Band.

Choir: School Choir Grades 2 - 4 - School Choir Grades 5 - 8 Our school choirs perform a Christmas Concert and Spring Concert with our Beginning, Intermediate, and Advance Bands. Our choirs also sing in our Sunday church services, local nursing homes, PTL meetings, and during our Spring Musical.

Band: Band is an elective class in Grades 5-8

Beginning Band: Our Grade 5 students begin their band instrument studies. There is an additional fee for Band. Michael Staub teaches Band through the Lutheran Education Association of Houston Instrumental Music Program (LEAH-IMP). Instrument rental and fees are outlined in the LEAH-IMP brochure located in our school office. In addition to playing at OSL events, band members participate in the Annual City-wide Band Festival at Lutheran High North.

Intermediate Band: Our Grade 6 students continue their instrument play in our Intermediate Band. There is an additional fee for Band. Michael Staub teaches Band through the Lutheran Education Association of Houston Instrumental Music Program (LEAH-IMP). Instrument rental and fees are outlined in the LEAH-IMP brochure located in our school office. In addition to playing at OSL events, band members participate in the Annual City-wide Band Festival at Lutheran High North.

Advance Band: Our Grade 7 & 8 students are members of our Advance Band. There is an additional fee for Band. Michael Staub teaches Band through the Lutheran Education Association of Houston Instrumental Music Program (LEAH-IMP). Instrument rental and fees are outlined in the LEAH-IMP brochure located in our school office. In addition to playing at OSL events, band members participate in the Annual City-wide Band Festival at Lutheran High North.

Small Group Instruction / Private Lessons: In addition to the regular instrumental classes, all band students grades 5-8 sign up for weekly small group lessons. These lessons will be held each week for 20 minutes during the school day. Students will be out of class for that time to take the lessons. Students are still accountable for classroom work that is missed.

Monday Night Band: This program is offered throughout the school year on Monday nights at Lutheran High North. Students play with other Lutheran elementary band members for enrichment, challenge, and reward for those wishing to explore jazz and concert band music. The Gloria! Honor Band features select first and second year students. Advance band members qualify for the All-Star Jazz/Rock Band.

Visual Arts:
In Kindergarten though Grade 5 students have classroom art one day per week, or more as scheduled with literature, history, or science projects. They have the opportunity to study great artist and their techniques. Their art projects include seasonal projects as well as introducing them to self portraits, shading techniques, and various mediums: pen, pencil, chalk, tempera paints, and acrylic paints.

In Grades 6-8 students may choose art as an elective class.

In Grade 6 and 8 classical art is studied. The four major concepts covered include: Line, Value, Color, and Shape. Within those units students do daily sketches, as well as assigned "home" sketches. The mediums we use throughout the year include, but are not limited to: Pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, chalk and oil pastels, tempera paints, acrylic paints, copper tooling, air dry clay, wax (for carving), Ivory soap (for carving), foil, various card stock and other papers. During each grading period students learn about a major artist. Each grade level studies a different set of artists each year.

In Grade 7 our students study folk art techniques to balance their classical art studies in Grade 6 and 8. Students choose from a list of projects, such as hook rugs, making a wallet, stepping stones, jewelry making, and stained glass.

Drama: A spring musical is conducted alternating each year between the lower grades (1-4) and upper grades (5-8). All students participate in an annual worship service where the message of the birth of Christ is shared with our church and school community through songs and recitations by our classes.