We believe that no student's education is complete without exposure to and participation in the arts. While academics are a priority for any school, we recognize that the world would be an impoverished place without art, music, drama, dance and participation in the creative process. At Shelton we encourage creativity and celebrate the unique talents of our students. In fact, many dyslexic individuals are gifted and creative problem solvers who thrive in both performing and visual arts. From early childhood to graduation, we strive to enrich the lives of our students through our many offerings.
From Early Childhood through 8th grade, drama classes are provided as both rotations and electives. In high school, we use the term “Theatre Arts” to include a wide array of instruction that includes acting techniques as well as technical production. There are two major productions each year (fall play and winter musical) as well as Spring opportunities for One Act play productions.
Upper School classes and clubs include instruction in the history of cinema as well as production techniques. Our film students film many of our activities from football games to student documentaries to Grandparents Day.
For all ages, we provide various levels of vocal and instrumental music, including choir, band and drum line (Middle and Upper School levels).
Early Childhood through Upper School classes include painting, drawing, illustration, sculpture, and digital photography.
Our mission as Fine Arts educators is to develop a student’s creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills by modeling flexibility, resilience, and perseverance through customized remediation of learning differences and strengthening of academic, emotional, and social intelligence in a collaborative, respectful atmosphere. Through the arts, students learn to work independently and with others, thus becoming forward-thinking, socially aware and confident students who have a life-long appreciation of the arts.