The City School curriculum is at heart an artistic curriculum. Our curriculum is inspired by Waldorf Pedagogy, and therefore, uses art to engage the students growth in thinking, feeling and creating. The Teachers use art, music, poetry and music daily in every lesson to form a true connection between the material presented and the child. We seek to give children an authentic connection to every human being's responsibility in living on the earth.
From Grade 1 to Grade 8, children create their own textbooks, called "Main Lesson Books". Great care and attention is paid to the illustrations, handwriting, and layout of each page. This holds true from Grade 1 where the children learn letters and numbers, to grade 8, where they study World War 1 and Organic Chemistry. Students draw detailed and careful illustrations of maps in Geography, hieroglyphics in history and beautifully rendered geometric forms in Math.
Watercolor Painting is an important part of The City School Curriculum.
Children in Preschool begin with a simple experience of the primary colors. Using the wet on wet technique, children are told a story of the color, and then given freedom to paint and explore the way the color interacts with the water.
In Kindergarten, colors are mixed and new shades are discovered.
In the grades children use watercolors to create figures and simple forms. The painting mirrors the curriculum. In grade four, often the painting is of the different animals studied in the Zoology lesson.
Waldorf inspired pedagogy also incorporates drawing. In Kindergarten and Grade 1, children use beeswax crayons.
Children also begin to use thick colored pencils in Grade 1, progressing to fountain pens in Grade 4. For finer illustrations the students use thinner colored pencils.In Grade 6, the students are introduced to charcoal as an artistic medium.In Grade 7 they progress to including perspective and three-dimentional forms in their art.
Grade 8 focuses on portrait drawing of historical figures.
In every class children work with sculpture. In the early years, the students use beeswax to mould shapes and characters. In the later grades the children progress to clay and plasticine as their chief medium. The students work to create sculpture inspired by their curriculum, platonic solids and free forms.