Arts Vision Statement
Cannon School believes the Arts are essential. Our JrK to Grade 12 program inspires students to love art, to explore its many forms and to become driven, innovative thinkers.
We aim to create for our students educational experiences that combine dedicated hard work and freedom to play, inviting them into art study and practice as both a rigorous and fulfilling endeavor. Our talented faculty members commit to providing optimal environments for student growth, which include space and time for self-expression and reflection as students work on mastering fundamental skills.
Visual arts, music and theater classes at Cannon challenge students to dive deeply into risky and rewarding processes wherein they can learn through doing, trying, and yes–from failing–in safe, supportive spaces. Within those spaces our students discover how to use their unique creative voices to inspire others.
The Arts in Lower School
Our Lower School art program is based on a learner-directed model known as TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior). Within this model, students are taught techniques, concepts, and how to use a variety of media. Students then use this knowledge to create works of art that are meaningful to them. Student choice, interests, and autonomy are valued in the art room, where students learn not only how to work as artists, but they also learn 21st century skills such as how to be critical thinkers, risk-takers, problem-solvers, and collaborators.
Cannon's Lower School music program uses the Orff Approach where children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff Approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms.
The Arts in Middle School
We believe Middle School students should be exposed to more than one art form as they are discovering who they are. This approach acknowledges that middle school students need choice as they have rapidly changing interests, shorter attention spans, and ever-changing motivational levels. With a diverse exposure to many art forms, students and faculty will grow together in many ways.
In 5th - 6th grades, students choose Strings, Band, or Chorus as their major art class and stay in that class for two years. On alternating days, students will rotate by quarter through Visual Art, Theater, General Music (non-performing), and their major art class. For one quarter of the year, they will be in their major art class every day.
In 7th - 8th grades, students take two art classes and rotate on alternating days for the entire school year. Grades and comments will be given for both classes. Students choose in 7th grade, and again in 8th grade. Choices for 7th grade can include Band, Chorus, Strings, Visual Art, Theater, Photography/Tech Art Fusion, Creative Explorations, and Art Magazine. Choices for 8th grade can include Band, Chorus, Strings, Visual Art, Theater, Photography, Art Magazine, and Creative Explorations.
The Arts in Upper School
The Arts in the Upper School seek to enrich the lives and expand the minds of students. Creativity, empathy, and performance are essential to deep learning and developing successful leadership skills.
We encourage students to work towards mastery in their chosen medium of self-expression.
At Cannon School we are proud to offer Acting, Chorus, Concert Band, Creative Design & Engineering, Jazz Band, Media Arts, Media Productions, Music Technology, String Orchestra, Studio Art, and Theater Production.
Continue Exploring Cannon's Art Programs
Our students learn to be strong visual communicators and find a real passion for making arts.
Each division offers students the opportunity to experiment and explore as they become life-long musicians and creative problem solvers.
Cannon offers students the opportunity to explore acting and stagecraft, and participate in several theater performances annually.
From the Campbell Gallery and Cindric Performing Arts Center to the media production room, Cannon offers students amazing spaces to home their artistic skills.
Parents at Cannon is a dynamic group of four parent volunteer organizations that enhance campus life for our students, parents, faculty, and staff.