Fine Arts

Stimulating Creativity through Fine Arts

Our students are surrounded with a wide range of opportunities when it comes to the Fine Arts. Full programs are offered in the way of dance, drama/theatre, music and visual arts.

At each grade level, students are introduced to another level of awareness in the subjects of visual arts, theatre and music. Our programs are designed to create intellectual, personal, physical and emotional responses to help students learn and understand the historical perspective and cultural contribution of the arts to civilization.

The UCS Fine Arts departments provide key lessons so students learn to value imagination and creative expression. Above all, our students learn the importance of lifelong learning.

Instrumental Music

Instrumental in Education – Secondary Instrumental Program

Our Instrumental Music Program is performance-based and strives to enrich lives. Instrumental music challenges students to develop and establish individual abilities in music.

Dedication, teamwork, communication, leadership, responsibility, creativity, problem-solving, emotional expression and discipline are required to contribute to musical performances. We strive to foster an individual sense of belonging to create a personal character that instills music appreciation through performance, artistic expression and aesthetic well-being.

Theatre Arts

Broadening Perspectives through Theatre Arts

In Utica Community Schools, we strive to ensure that each student has the opportunity to experience all that Theatre Arts has to offer.  The Theatre Arts Department is dedicated to broadening  the students’ perspective of the world while increasing their life-long appreciation of Theatre.

Visual Arts

Inspiring Young Minds

Students participating in the Utica Community Schools Visual Arts Program have choices that span from kindergarten to senior high school. Our elementary students are provided with a solid foundation of beginning concepts, use of original thought, and overall experiences. This allows students to increasingly progress to even more challenging, innovative and higher-level art skills, techniques, and processes at the secondary level. All students, throughout their art experiences, are exposed to and participate in applying the 21st century skills, creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Elementary Art Department Mission

It is our mission to present a program that meets the needs of every student, while encouraging diversity within our school district, and adhering to the uniformity of our basic philosophy. Our elementary art teachers adhere to the benchmarks and guidelines set forth by the district, state, and national levels. The expectations and guidelines of the UCS Art Program allow sufficient flexibility for freedom of interpretation by individual art teachers while strengthening our curriculum through the process of sharing creative ideas through collaboration.

At the Elementary School Level, Our Students:

  • Demonstrate the understanding of and apply the Elements and Principles of Design
  • Use group and personal reflections, along with critiques to discuss, explore, and assess their individual art, as well as, art throughout history
  • Discover the value of originality and the process of creative thought
  • Learn how one challenge can have multiple solutions
  • Celebrate uniqueness
  • Connect discoveries in the art curriculum to their personal lives and the world around them
  • Apply creativity and knowledge to cross-curricular subject matters
  • Use hands on experiences to strengthen problem-solving skills
  • Develop awareness on how learning is on-going and everlasting

Secondary Art Department Vision

Our comprehensive art program is designed to inspire developing minds, ignite self-confidence and nourish the human spirit. It is designed to cultivate a passion for personal vision and expression and allows for creation of quality works of art. At the secondary level, students receive training in problem-solving, technique, and craftsmanship while embodying skills using traditional and progressive methods and materials. Areas of study include but are not limited to: drawing, painting, ceramics, metals, sculpture, fibers, graphic design, architecture, art history, photography, digital media, film and video.  Introductory, intermediate, studio, and Advanced Placement (AP) college credit courses are offered throughout the art curriculum.

At the Secondary School Level, Our Students:

  • Employ and synthesize all elementary methods and techniques in now progressed, deepened, and innovative ways
  • Develop sophistication in their application of the Elements of Design and the Principles of Design
  • Emphasize research, experimentation, discovery, inventive thinking, critical analysis, and problem-solving skills within the process of creating their artwork
  • Gain greater artistic confidence and competence in visual, oral, and written communications
  • Mature in their thinking, working, communicating, reasoning, and investigating skills
  • Create a body of work, at the Advanced Placement (AP) level, and develop it into a portfolio for competitions, Scholastics, and college readiness

Vocal Music

A Universal Language

We provide diverse exposure to the many avenues of vocal music through our Vocal Music program. At both elementary and secondary levels, students learn teamwork, self-expression, creativity and the joy and balance that music brings to the spirit.

Elementary Vocal Music Department

The mission of the Elementary Vocal Music Department is to provide educational opportunities for every child to develop fundamental musical abilities and skills consistent with his/her abilities. These skills and abilities are intended to form a foundation for the child’s future musical development, as well as help develop positive attitudes about music in general. These attitudes will foster a love for many styles of music, the desire to develop musical skills and to actively participate in musical activities, thus enriching life.

From kindergarten through sixth grade, our students continue their vocal music education with lessons that incorporate eight vocal music standards, or goals. These standards, taught in varying levels of complexity according to grade level, include singing a variety of songs and chants independently and with others, exposure to diverse styles of music and composers throughout music history and the use of various musical instruments.

Secondary Music Department

At the Secondary Vocal Music level, we strive to ignite a passion for lifelong music appreciation. We strive to inspire performers and audiences of the future by challenging students physically, mentally and emotionally. Classes are exposed to music history, diverse musical styles, music theory and technology, sight-reading, and vocal techniques to promote music literacy.

Students participating at the secondary vocal music level are provided the opportunity for expression through public performance. It encourages teamwork, self-expression, creativity, and independence.