At Covenant, we believe in the unity of truth, goodness and beauty. The fine arts center on the study, appreciation and creation of beauty. The fine arts are ends in themselves (from the Latin, finis, “end”) that humanize us, bringing us joy and delight, often mixed with longing.
Studying and enjoying the fine arts has always been a part of the classical liberal arts tradition, and we seek to immerse our students in the fine arts from Kindergarten to graduation. Many of our students have become superb artists, even professional artists. Alumnus Billy Cave plays guitar and sings with no less than three bands and regularly performs at Covenant functions.
We cannot overstate the importance of music at Covenant. Music is not only one of the liberal arts that we study; it is a means by which we delight, wonder, and worship. As such, music is employed throughout the school from our morning liturgy to our lunchtime doxology to our close of day hymn. We enjoy both traditional and contemporary music, so you will find nearly a hundred violins at the school (all 5th and 6th grade students learn the violin) and also electric guitars.
Jesse Maurer leads our music program, and has inspired scores of students to take up music and musical training as an integral part of life.
We begin teaching music in Kindergarten with a formal, twice-a-week course taught to all students in grades 2-6. Students in grades 7-12 take another two courses in music, and several additional courses are offered as electives.
Students are also invited to participate in the Treble Choir (grades 4-6) and the Mixed Chorus (grades 7-12). Covenant also has a grammar school chamber choir and upper school chamber choir that students qualify for by audition. All these choirs regularly perform at Covenant and Covenant events.
Students begin learning about the rudiments of art in kindergarten and first grade with their homeroom teacher. They start attending dedicated courses in art beginning in 2nd grade and continue thru 6th. Students attend one art course each year in 7th and 8th, and may choose art as an elective in 9th-12th grade. Our primary objective during these years focuses on learning the principles of art (line, shape, value, form texture, space) and elements of design (balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, unity). This is taught using various mediums with a heavy emphasis on drawing. Students also study art history. With each trimester they will look at an artist or art movement and create their own work of art in that same style. Students will complete at least three major pieces by the end of each year.
In addition to growing a knowledge and skill base in the visual arts, process and confidence are of great importance. We believe that as life giving as creating art is, it is also a discipline that can be achieved by all. There is deep fulfillment that comes with making, since we have been made in the image of our Creator. Our marks are as different as He has made us from one another and as we learn to see the beauty that surrounds us, it is our desire that our students at Covenant believe that they can humbly and joyfully participate in and contribute to it.
Grammar school students are informally introduced to drama through historical skits, acting out sections of literature, and stories such as Greek myths. Drama is offered as an elective course in the upper school. Older students are also welcome to participate in the school’s extra-curricular drama presentations. Student productions have included Antigone in 2004, The Fantasticks in 2006, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2008, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in 2009, 12 Angry Jurors in 2010, Eurydice in 2011, Best Laid Plans in 2012, Little Women in 2013, The Curious Savage in 2014, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 2015.
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