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Fine Arts


The mission of the Fine Arts program is to provide educational experiences that foster creativity, explore the artistic process, and help develop knowledge of and respect for the arts throughout history and in our global society.  The program enables students to produce or share well-crafted works of art that intensify and clarify the human experience.
  • Art 7 Tri 1

    Students will explore the formal elements of art through projects, which will often involve more than one medium. Students are encouraged to think creatively while solving a problem. Improving each individual's skills, increasing vocabulary, and developing compositions, will be emphasized. Students will set their own goals and design an independent art project exploring their own areas of interest. Students will write a report about an artist. Acrylic painting, block-printing, throwing on a potter’s wheel, sculpture, drawing, and design will also be explored.  The student's grade is based on art projects, craftsmanship, and effort in class.
  • Art 8 Tri 1

    This course will introduce students to a variety of artistic and creative experiences, by creating original artworks, by exploring multiple materials and developing skills. Students will engage in lessons in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and ceramics. In each area, students will apply the elements and principles of design, art criticism, and make connections to historical and contemporary cultures. Students will make connections to their art practices through historical concepts, contemporary artists, and multi-media practices.  Students will need to show consistent concern with quality, depth of focus, concentration, and use of time and space efficiently. Students will complete projects with care from the beginning to the end of the assignment. The student has to be aware of design, utilizing the elements of design to achieve the principles.
  • Music 7 Tri 1

    MS music courses continue to build upon the foundations laid in the earlier grades. Emphasis is placed upon music literacy and musicianship. Students hone their musical skills through the performance of recorders. They begin by learning the basics of soprano recorders, and they progress to gradually more complex music, eventually ending with playing pieces of consort music for up to four independent parts.  The goal of this class is to produce literate musicians, giving students skills that they may draw on for a lifetime of enjoyment. In addition to literacy, students will grow in appreciation for many types of music through its performance. The goal is for every student to be an independent, competent member of a performing ensemble. The evaluation will be based on in-class playing; quizzes and tests of material assigned for homework, and upon a cumulative performance given at the Showcase at the end of the trimester. Students are expected to practice for these quizzes at home.
  • Music 8 Tri 1

    MS music courses continue to build upon the foundations laid in the earlier grades. Emphasis is placed upon music literacy and musicianship. Students hone their musical skills through the performance of recorders. They begin by learning the basics of soprano recorders, and they progress to gradually more complex music, eventually ending with playing pieces of consort music for up to four independent parts.  The goal of this class is to produce literate musicians, giving students skills that they may draw on for a lifetime of enjoyment. In addition to literacy, students will grow in appreciation for many types of music through its performance. The goal is for every student to be an independent, competent member of a performing ensemble. Evaluation will be based on in-class playing; quizzes and tests of material assigned for homework, and upon a cumulative performance given at the Showcase at the end of the trimester. Students are expected to practice for these quizzes at home.
  • Performance 7 - Tri 1

    Performance 7 covers the basic skills essential to successfully perform improv. This course includes impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, storytelling, debate, and a section on basic costuming. Students learn the elements of delivery and achieve a working knowledge of their application. Their experience concludes with a process-based performance at a Middle School showcase, an instructor-guided student collaborative improv performance.
  • Production 8 - Tri 1

    This course begins with reading, analyzing, and discussing scripts for the Middle School Showcase production. Students explore the process of play production by examining the contributions of each member of the production group. Students apply what they have learned to the selection, preparation, and performance of a one-act play for the trimester-ending Showcase production. In the process, the class will have functioned as their own production group by selecting, casting, rehearsing, and producing their own play.
Maumee Valley Country Day School is the only age 3 - 12th grade accredited, co-educational, independent school in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.