Cougar Arts: Explore, Design, Make

Creativity is the heart of invention. Tomorrow’s jobs require not just technical skills, but also great creativity, critical thinking, communication, and design to make a user experience complete. Our Arts department provides a wide-lens for our students, exposing them to the many ways the arts contribute to our daily lives.

“At The Clariden School, a non-profit private school, they aren’t just teaching students to think outside the box — they are encouraging kids to take that box and create something of their own.”

Cover Story, Society Life Magazine, February 2020

Visual, Graphic & Decorative Arts

You’ve just got to see our beautiful Fine Arts Building.

Watercolors to oils. Clay to kiln. Mixed-media sculpting to 3D printing. Multi-media design across Adobe’s Creative Suite. — Clariden is equipped with a dream arts department. Our full-time arts education team delivers curriculum tailored to each grade level. They combine art history, theory, culture, technique, expression, and above all CREATIVITY.   (BTW – One is an accomplished video game illustrator, one has a professional design business, and another specializes in art for preschoolers!!!). 

In addition, the arts department leads our community in:

  • Exploration in art through literature and PBL incorporation
  • Graphic design, marketing & branding for our STEAM and competitive projects
  • Yearbook photography, layout, design and publishing
  • Set design for all school productions
  • Cinematography training for our annual student film festival
  • Exploration in character, game and digital illustration

Performing Arts

Music & Voice

From the ringtones on our phones, to the action sounds on the apps we use, music is an integrated part of our everyday existence. Understanding sound, movement, notes, and composition are all a priority at Clariden. We understand the significance of music in enhancing creativity and learning. Students participate in music instruction from Cougar Prep through High School. Our music program enables students to explore many aspects of music including how to read and write music, how to understand the science behind how sounds are created, how to play musical instruments, and of course, how to use one’s voice. Some student project examples led by our incredibly gifted music educator (BTW – she’s got a BA in Voice Performance):

  • Fall Winter Concert, Spring Talent Show
  • Musical mixing and editing for STEAM projects
  • Musical scoring assistance for our student film festival
  • Musical performances for our theatrical productions and special events

Movement & Dance

Movement and motion are a core part of our music education. We also offer Dance as an elective exercise class in addition to a traditional Physical Education class. Students taking this class get a cardio workout and learn a variety of styles of dance. In addition, our full-time Music, Dance and Theater educator (BTW — She’s earned an M.F.A. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory!) leads students in:

  • Halloween Dance Performance
  • Winter Concert Performance
  • Talent Show Performance
  • End of Year Ceremony
  • Choreography for all theatrical performances

Theater, Film & Videography

From our student-made films to our annual theater productions, Clariden students have the opportunity to participate in a number of theatrical experiences. There are roles at the sound board, behind the curtain or camera, on center stage, and in set design. There’s always something to match students’ interests and innate talents. Theater class, Odyssey of the Mind Club, Drama Club, and Film Club are just a few ways to explore new skills. Most importantly, we use these skills in everyday projects to document our testing, to communicate our findings and to put our personal voice into our work. In addition, fictional and documentary films, screenplays and live performances play an important role in classroom curriculum from English Language Arts, to WWII History in Film, to Science, to STEAM and more.

Stay tuned for the 2021 date and production announcement. 

The Clariden School’s Production of Disney Aladdin. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Chad Beguelin. Book by Chad Beguelin. Based on the Disney film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio and directs & produced by Ron Clements & John Musker.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.