Our visual arts and performing arts program guides students in exploring a variety of disciplines, developing foundational skills, discovering new interests, and experiencing the joy of creating art. Led by teaching artists from Harlem School of the Arts, the program takes place twice per week for primary and elementary students, with middle schoolers continuing to pursue areas of interest through electives.
Our program is designed to give primary students (grades K-2) broad exposure to a range of disciplines; offer elementary students (grades 3-5) an opportunity to focus with greater depth on skill development; and allow middle schoolers (grades 6-8) to select courses that align with their interests.
Each week, primary and elementary students participate in a visual arts course and a performing arts course, which includes dance, theater, and music over the course of the year. Highlights of the program include the opportunity to study percussion in primary school, learn guitar throughout elementary school, take engaging courses like comic book drawing and hip hop dance, and perform a musical in fifth grade. Each trimester, middle schoolers have an option to take an arts elective, which is held three days per week.