The ULS Fine Arts program allows students to discover their own artistic expression through music, visual arts, theatre or a combination of all three. A variety of hands-on opportunities, both curricular and extracurricular, are seamlessly integrated into our students’ educational experience from preprimary through twelfth grade. The opportunities are often woven into our core academic curriculum.
The ULS Art Curriculum allows students to explore a variety of mediums and research the interplay between art and culture.
Students have art class twice a week in a spacious studio in the Manegold Lower School building. The studio boasts a potter’s wheel, kiln and a vast array of materials. The art curriculum allows for students to explore a variety of mediums, as well as interplay between art, culture and other aspects of art history. Student artwork is displayed prominently throughout the Lower and Middle School buildings.
The Visual Arts program for these grades is taught in the Fine Arts Building. The Fine Arts studio is equipped with computer lab equipment for digital photography, HD video production and 3-D printing, as well as a glass fusion lab.
Seventh and eighth grade students participate in art class twice weekly. In ninth through twelfth grade, art is an elective course with an opportunity to take an Advanced Placement studio art course.
Upper School art students compete in the Scholastic Art Competition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In addition, at Gallery Night, ULS students display and present their work for the entire community.
Students attend music class twice weekly. They explore the role of music within culture and society, as well as develop vocal skills as a mode of expression, individually and within a chorus. Students have the opportunity to experiment with various musical instruments such as the xylophone, bongo drums and piano.
In seventh and eighth grade, all students participate in choir class twice weekly. In the Upper School, participation in the concert choir is an elective course students can take to fulfill their fine arts requirement. Additionally, there are a select group of students who audition to be a part of chamber ensemble. Both men’s and women’s ensembles as well as hand bell choir are offered as extracurricular activities.
The ULS Music Program is showcased twice per year in a winter and spring concert.
Dramatic performances are interwoven into everyday curriculum. Students use drama as a way to demonstrate an understanding of specific academic content, as well as become accustomed to speaking in front of an audience.
Students explore theatre and presentation techniques through rehearsed and spontaneous improvisation. They learn stage direction, vocal production, physical movement on stage and character creation.
Theatre class is required. Seventh grade students focus on technical elements that comprise a production, such as set, costume and lighting design. Eighth grade students choose a play that they transform into a formal theatrical production. The classes then come together to perform for the entire ULS community.
Theatre class is offered as an elective that meets three times weekly. This class delves into theatre at a much deeper level, studying a variety of genres and history. Students will fine-tune their acting skills and focus more intensely on character development.
*Additionally, the Theatre Department offers two extracurricular opportunities to participate in large-scale productions each year, one of which is a musical.
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