Everyone has a story to tell. Stories define who we are, who we want to be, where we’ve come from—stories give life to alternative places, visions, and dreams. St. Stephen’s Fine Arts Program is built around magnifying the voices of our young storytellers. Through music, drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, and theatre, St. Stephen’s students are provided an opportunity to create and re-present their visions. Our Fine Arts Program is fully integrated with the core curriculum and our students are provided creative outlets to express what they are learning in history, math, literature, and science.
Fine Arts Class Offerings
From Kindergarten on, St Stephens students are offered a full range of creative studio art opportunities from drawing and painting to multi-media and sculpture projects. They study art history in the art room and experience it first hand through visits to museums and visits with guest artists. Our students are offered opportunities to compete at the local, state and national levels.
From the earliest levels, the music program at St. Stephen’s strives to support a lifelong love of creating, performing, and listening to music. The youngest students focus on developing pitch and rhythm through seasonal songs, games, stories, and playing instruments. Starting in Kindergarten, students continue to develop their aural training and begin their journey into music notation, utilizing Kodaly-influenced materials. In the upper levels, the students gain a deeper understanding of music history in their classes and in our outstanding choral program.
Students will have the opportunity work with professional filmmaker and producer Stefan Blozinski and Anita Long. The film courses cover storyboarding, production, editing, acting, sound, location scouting, and casting. Students will study the history of filmmaking. They will enter into film festivals on local and statewide levels. View Film Videos Here!
This all-encompassing introduction to theatre arts will serve new young artists as they take their first steps toward understanding "the basics" of theatre. Students will gain a better understanding the inner workings of theatre concepts, principales, and practices, as well as an expanded knowledge of theatre history. This course will provide the strong foundation to continue a pursuit of the arts, while enhancing other non-arts skills such as public speaking, the ability to collaborate with others, and the constructive feedback.
This school year we have two companies, junior and senior, who will perform musicals. Our Junior Company consists of students in grades 1-3, while our Senior Company consists of students in grades 4-8.
The 2019-20 season features:
“Bugz” the musical, performed by the Junior Company. This is a very sweet tale of how to treat others with comedy and adorable characters and music. It is licensed through Hal Leonard.
“Musical Revue,” performed by the Senior Company using music from “Glee,” the TV series. Students will choose songs from “Glee” based on issues relevant to them and their generation. This style of theatre is often referred to as “experimental theatre.”
During the 2020-21 season, we will revert back to what we call the St. Stephens Company. These musicals, performed by students in grades 1-8, are held in Rice University’s Hamman Hall at full-scale musical production.