Inspiring Creative Learners:
Through Faith and the Arts
Our program focuses on the integration of fine arts across the subject areas, thus increasing the opportunities for student success.
The Fine Arts program provides another learning pathway for students in Calgary Catholic. The Fine Arts are comprised of art, drama, dance and music. Students are involved as creators, performers, historians, critics and consumers, while still hitting Alberta Education mandated curriculum outcomes.
The program enable students in elementary and junior high to enhance the depth and breadth of their expression and intuitive response to the fine arts, while exploring the links between the arts and other core subjects. The Fine Arts program encourages and challenges individuals to discover and develop their potential through exploration, collaboration and sharing.
Students follow the Alberta Programs of Study in traditional and non-traditional ways. The benefits for students in a Fine Art program are:
- Arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
- Arts teach children that there are many ways to see and interpret the world
- Arts teach children about other tools besides writing to represent their knowledge
- Arts help increase confidence and self-esteem for students who do not necessarily learn in a traditional way
- Arts increase collaboration among students with more project-based work to achieve common outcomes
- Arts teach children and teachers to look differently at the community that surrounds them
- Arts provide students an opportunity to develop and showcase their talents
Students lead through the arts at school assemblies and for celebrations!
Music class and CTF option is a place to enhance fine arts learning! Our students enjoy engaging projects in our Maker Space with innovation, coding & use of recycled items!
Our students enjoy monthly fine arts presentations that enhance our programing and foster a love of the arts through experience. Students also explore science concepts through painting and mixing of colours (photo on the right - gr. 1 and 2 artists).
Students explore Alberta curriculum concepts through fine arts integrated projects, which hit many curriculum outcomes in meaningful and engaging ways that deepen learning (left photo). Students are also encouraged to show off their creativity through costume at our annual family school dance (photo on the right).
Students lead many events at our school and work with professional artists too (left). On the right, students are showcasing their CTF option of creating a comic book franchise.
CTF projects on tourism and integrating mask...and more Maker Space projects!
CTF Options with Fine Arts Focus - stage make up, make up bruises and scars (in time for Halloween) and working with spirit gum and fake facial hair, to learn what the pros do!
Students prepare and perform music for our annual Christmas concert, where talents are showcased - both visual and performing - and students work together to put on a great show for our families!
More examples of integrated fine arts projects that our students create through being in our Fine Arts integrated environment - integrated art and design project (left) soapstone carving as a part of our social students curriculum (right) for Div I students.
Our choir performed in our first ever "Tinsel Singing Tour", where we spread Christmas cheer by singing at 4 local Senior's Homes. It was a joyful day of song and music!
Student interactive art work in our front foyer that changes throughout the year...as well as a sampling of a group art project that our Div II Art Club created together for Advent.
Our Grade 6 handbell team prepared and performed at the Annual Ringing Festival this year and did an outstanding job!
Choir members practicing for performance time! Honouring our Art Walk Winner!
Students enjoy the Emily Carr Musical presentation (left). Student art work is regularly showcased in our front foyer to match faith and other themes each month (right).
We celebrate visual artists with our monthly "Mystery Artist of the Month", where students can guess who the artist is and win some awesome art supplies (left). And, here is another example of arts integration with religion and social studies to meet outcomes, and to also encourage students to explore a variety of art mediums and materials (right).
The Alberta Art Gallery TREX (travelling exhibition) show, which we hosted at our school in the fall, inspired our students to create their own creatures in preparation for our upcoming ART GALA NIGHT. Sadly, we had to cancel this year due to COVID 19. We look forward to hosting it next year!