Visual and Performing Arts

  • Visual Arts

    Funded through the Ed Foundation and via Title I grants through P.S. Arts, PS Arts provides visual arts instruction TK-5 for the school year. 1st-5th receive 50 minute lessons, and TK/K receive 45 minute lessons, in our art room.

    P.S. Arts programs make use of what Howard Gardner calls our multiple intelligences – to stimulate critical thinking, problem solving and higher cognitive process in arts and academic disciplines. Instruction is tied to the State Visual and Performing Arts Standards. P.S. Arts programs increase classroom teacher's capacity and confidence in the arts, relating to their curriculum, building a wider constituency for the arts in schools and community.

    To learn more about P.S. Arts, please visit their web site at:

    Performing Arts - Theater

    Budgeted by the school, PS Arts provides theater instruction TK-5. 1st-5th receives 50 minute classes, and TK/K receive 40 minute classes, 15 sessions a year. Lessons are tied to both Performing Arts Standards and ELA and Social Studies Standards, and foster students listening and speaking skills while developing self-esteem and confidence.

    P.S. Arts programs are designed to be inclusive, providing access to the broadest possible range of learners, including English learners, and students with special needs. Above all, P.S. Arts programs aim to foster students’ development of knowledge and skills related to school, career, and life success in the 21st century, including creativity, critical thinking, flexibility, accountability, information literacy, the ability to collaborate, and global-mindedness.


    Funded through the Ed Foundation, 5th grade students receive Ballroom Dance instruction during PE time. 20 lessons for 50 minutes each are taught by dance instructors from Santa Monica Community College.

    Through dance students stay fit and healthy while also developing rhythm, coordination, and cooperation skills. Students also make global connections as they learn about the history, origins, and impact of different forms of ballroom dance.

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