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 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.
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.
Inspiring Young Minds
Students participating in our Visual Arts classes have choices that span from elementary school to senior high school. Our students can begin with basic-level concepts and move on each year to gradually more difficult crafts and high-level art skills.
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 art teachers adhere to the benchmarks and guidelines set forth by the district, state, and national levels. Our art program guidelines allow sufficient flexibility for freedom of interpretation by individual art teachers while strengthening our curriculum through the process of sharing creative ideas.
At the elementary school level, our students learn:
- the value of originality
- how one problem can have many solutions
- to celebrate our uniqueness
- how creative thought can provide balance
- that learning is everlasting
Secondary Art Department Vision
Our comprehensive art program was designed to inspire young 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 art works. At the secondary level, students receive training in problem-solving, craftsmanship and learn skills using traditional and progressive methods. Areas of study include folk arts, drawing and painting, sculpture, design, architecture, film and video.
At the secondary school level, our students:
- Grow more sophisticated in their employment of the visual arts
- Mature in their thinking, working, communicating, reasoning, and investigating skills
- Gain greater artistic competence in visual, oral, and written communications
- Understand the multifaceted interplay of different media, styles, forms, techniques, and processes in the creation of their work.
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.