The Arts are an important part of a Holy Cross Education. We believe that all children are blessed with talents from their Creator. Our job as a faculty and staff is to help each child discover and develop those talents. Many Holy Cross graduates continue following their chosen discipline after graduating from Holy Cross. Whether a student’s talent lies in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music, or Creative Writing, students are exposed to all of these disciplines each year.
Holy Cross students from Kindergarten through 6th grade explore the exciting, multi-faceted world of fine art each week. They use hands-on activities in many media to solve artistic problems, to think creatively and critically, and to express ideas and feelings. Above all, the children have fun in art. National studies show that a variety of art experiences contribute to enhanced learning and achievement across the school curriculum. At Holy Cross, we use thematic lessons in art to enhance classroom topics of study, including language arts, mathematics, religion, science, history, Spanish and our Global Studies program.
Art Classes incorporate the discipline-based art education (DBAE) model that includes: art production (drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, multimedia); aesthetics (learning to view and interpret art as a means of human expression); and, art criticism (observing, describing and understanding the elements that make up a work of art). Even the youngest students happily engage in art criticism with the help of our art puppet affectionately known as “Vincent van Goat.”
Special art projects are popular with the students, including entering works in local and regional art exhibits and contests. They also enjoy the opportunity to see their work in the professionally printed annual school calendar. A special feature of the art program is the student permanent art collection. These art works, made by students in various grades throughout the years, are professionally matted, framed and displayed in the hallways, where they beautify the school and pay tribute to the students’ creativity.
MUSIC AND SHOW CHOIR
The Holy Cross Music Program begins in Pre-K and continues through 6th grade. Music classes include learning songs, music theory, and orchestral instruments. Students explore rhythm, melody, harmony, form, style, and timbre through developmentally appropriate activities such as singing, playing classroom musical instruments, games, folk dancing, and creative movement. Our students are exposed to notable composers and their works. Every class has a musical performance each year which is performed for the student body and families.
The Holy Cross Show Choir is comprised of the 5th and 6th grade students. Our Show Choir performs several times each year around the Montgomery community, including performances at local nursing homes, preschools, Montgomery Biscuits Stadium, and the Montgomery Zoo. These performances enhance the students’ knowledge of costuming, comic timing, and choreography.
The Holy Cross theatre arts program begins in Pre-Kindergarten and continues through 6th grade. All grades perform a live musical/theatrical performance every year.
Pre-K and Kindergarten classes work together to produce a Spring Production which includes songs and memorized speaking parts in a wonderful, age-appropriate production. First and second grades produce the school’s Christmas pageant every year to the delight of parents and students alike. Fourth grade showcases a comedic musical production.
Third graders enhance their study of the United States by performing a Veteran’s Day production which concentrates on Patriotic songs of America’s past and present. They also perform the songs associated with the divisions of America’s Armed Forces. After performing for the student-body and parents, students take the show on the road to the local VA Hospital to perform for men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.
The “Shakespeare Can Be Fun” program is geared for grades 4, 5, and 6. These grades combine to produce a different Shakespeare play each year, complete with actors, directors, and all the backstage jobs that are necessary for a major production. Weeks of practice and preparation come to fruition with the presentation of the play in our chapel.