“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” – Claude Monet
We believe that involvement in the arts is a critical element for students on the road to recovery. As a result, the arts and humanities are integrated across the disciplines.
In their coursework at The Bridge Way School students:
- Study and engage in the process and production of creative expressionism
- Are encouraged to explore and pursue their personal talents and interests
- Gain the ability to express themselves outside-of-the-box within their core classes and elective offerings.
- Form and articulate individual interpretations and perceptions of works of arts from a variety of genres
For example, in an English class they might choreograph a dance to be included in Romeo and Juliet, in a music class the West African roots of American jazz might be explored in a student’s songwriting/performance, and in social studies a student might analyze the photographs of Dorothea Lange in the context of the Great Depression.
In addition to Foundation classes in Music and Art, several electives are offered each year:
- Creative Writing
- Language and Movement of the Stage
- Drawing and Painting
- Visual Communication
- Music of the Twentieth Century
The learning objectives for the integration of instruction in the arts and humanities are grouped in the following four areas:
- Performance and Production
- Historical Context
- Critical Response
- Aesthetic Response