Arts at Clinton

Music 

The music program at Clinton supports students with a range of previous musical knowledge and experiences.  The goal is to provide students with a strong experience in the musical arts, both in composing and performing.  There is a large emphasis throughout all three years on ear training, Kodaly hand signs and solfa, individual and group performance, and learning through listening, creating, and discussion.  Each semester of music culminates in a concert where students perform original songs and play several instruments.  This is a chance to give parents and families a small snapshot into our music classroom!  

In 6th grade, students explore the history of American Folk Songs and the basic rules of rhythmic and melodic composition. 

7th grade music is the study of diatonic harmony.  Students spend their time in the music classroom playing chords on the piano and learning drum set.  They study common chord progressions and the structures of modern popular music.  

In 8th grade, students have an overview of Western Music History from Gregorian Chant to today’s radio.  They follow the music history unit by learning Guitar!  

Encourage your students to listen to all sorts of music and talk about it with them!

Visual Arts

Our mission is to enhance student achievement through an arts-integrated program. Our arts curriculum is aligned to the New York City Blueprint for the ArtsThe Common Core ELA and Literacy and the New York State Arts Standards.

Exploring the Elements of Art – Artist as Observer

In visual arts students are introduced to the basic elements of art; line, shape, form, color, texture, space and value/tone. Students begin thinking about and discussing what art is and how they use it. We then move into a rigorous drawing unit that culminates in our Pop Art Campbell’s Soup Cans drawings. Students then learn about Picasso and Cubism and create Cubist collage self portraits. The final project varies from year to year and is done in conjunction with another content. Previous projects have included Greek Theater clay masks based on the play Antigone.

Exploring Art through Identity – Artist as Critic
Students explore the arts through the theme of identity. Students are exposed to a variety of different media including painting, printmaking and of course drawing. We begin by completing a more complex unit on the elements of art and a review of drawing techniques. We work on surrealist self portraits while studying the work on Frida Kahlo. We study linear perspective and work on monochromatic self portraits.  We write artist statements in preparation for next years high school applications.

Exploring the Mediums of Art – Artist as Experimenter
Students work on more mixed media projects. One of our student’s projects was highlighted in a New York Times article from 2020Past projects have included giant Post-it Note murals, illustrated limericks in the style of Shel Silverstein, create your own font projects, positive message font posters inspired by the work of Anthony Burril and our Forty Faces project where students stamp thumbprints with paint, find faces in the thumbprints and create a background about that character.

Here are some examples of visual art created by Clinton students:

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