Fine Arts Program
The Seton fine arts curriculum is aligned with Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts. Seton provides visual arts education to students in PreKindergarten through 5th grade for 60 minutes a week. Students in 6th though 8th grade receive 90 minutes of visual arts instruction per week. Seton provides music education to students in PreKindergarten through 5th grade for 60 minutes a week. Teachers use a variety of resources to implement these fine arts standards.
The arts enrich the quality of life and contribute to children's development. When students create in images, sounds, gestures, and words, they discover ways to share their thoughts and feelings with others. Seton provides this access to the arts through creation, performance, and study.
The visual arts program at Seton is designed to expose children to a variety of art forms, including drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpting, printmaking, and as many age appropriate mediums as possible. Students learn of the work of varied artists and their techniques. Each year builds on the students' previous years' skills and knowledge as progressive projects also seek to enrich other subject areas such as science, religion, and social studies.
The music arts program at Seton is designed to expose children to the basic building blocks of music, including rhythm, melody, and harmony. Students learn the importance of musical collaboration through singing, movement, dance styles, and instruments. Students progress to learning how to read notation, identify different genres of music, and learn of classical composers and their music. All of Seton students are ultimately eligible to join choir, band, and to participate in weekly Mass and concerts.
Seton students learn the language of fine arts and how to interpret visual images, sounds, movement and story. The arts are both universal and culturally specific. This helps students increase international and intercultural awareness. The Seton fine arts program is an opportunity for all our students to succeed in fine arts at Seton and in our world.