In our outdoor art studio, under a large fig tree, children work with an art specialist who is also an artist in residence. Each week, children explore a variety of media including ceramics, painting, collage, and pastels. Art is a language that nurtures creative self-expression and also develops fine motor and cognitive skills as children observe closely and solve artistic challenges. When you visit the art studio you see children who are focused and deeply involved as they explore and create. You also may hear happy chatter as children work together on a collaborative project during their weekly visits.
Pacific Oaks’ music program nurtures children’s love for music and inspires them to feel free to express themselves through performance. Once a week, our music teacher visits each classroom to sing favorite songs with children and teach them new ones. Children dance and play simple instruments either outside on blankets in small groups, inside with the whole class, or at other times at community sing-a-long events that bring our school together in song.