At Minnehaha, every student is an artist. Throughout Lower School, our students sing, perform, draw, paint, sculpt, and make pottery. Band instrument instruction begins in the fifth grade, and Suzuki string instruction is available as early as Kindergarten. In Middle School, students choose from yearlong programs in choir, band, and strings, along with classes in art, drama, and general music. These courses prepare students for the many Upper School arts opportunities available in choral groups, bands, orchestra, and theater, as well as visual arts classes in drawing and painting, graphic design, photography, film, sculpture, and ceramics. Arts thrive at Minnehaha – and so do our artists.
Minnehaha’s Fine Arts program begins in Lower School, where each week includes 70 minutes of Art class and 100 minutes of Music instruction for every student. Middle school programs build on this strong foundation, and offer students co-curricular musical opportunities in Jazz Band and vocal ensembles. Music and Art classes are required for all sixth grade students, while seventh and eighth graders may choose from a full array of music, drama, and visual art opportunities.
The Artist Within
Fine Arts at Minnehaha is about more than fostering talent. Students build confidence under the guidance of a caring and talented Fine Arts faculty. These highly skilled teachers provide training in the creative process as they encourage students’ creative expression. The curriculum, while integrating Christian faith and learning, is designed to develop skills and techniques required for life-long artistic achievement.