Saints enjoyed an entire day devoted to the visual and performing arts.
At the 15th Annual ARTStravaganza on March 14, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes Lower School students experienced a day devoted to the visual and performing arts. Twenty-eight professional artists joined our teachers and Upper and Middle School students in sharing their energy, passion, and knowledge with our junior kindergarten through fifth grade students. The students spent the entire day attending an array of lively workshops which gave them hands-on opportunities to learn about percussion instruments, watercolor, magic, fiber art, iconography, Colonial music and toys, and much more.
“It is magical to hear music echoing down the hallways and teachers counting ‘one-two-three-four’ as dancers choreograph movements for students,” said Lower School Music Teacher Rebecca Gehlhoff. “ARTStravaganza is just one element that helps accomplish St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School’s mission, which includes ‘to inspire an enthusiasm for artistic endeavor.’"
In addition to hands-on demonstrations and activities, students also had a chance to talk with the artists about their lives, learning how they discovered their passions, the paths they took to become professionals, and about the dedication that goes along with mastering their crafts.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is committed to developing our students' artistic and creative abilities, which are essential 21st-century learning. ARTStravaganza was developed in 2003 from the idea that our youngest students would greatly benefit from an opportunity to work with a diverse group of professional artists, dancers, and musicians who would share their love of the arts. Every year since its inception, a wide variety of professional artists from all over the country have been invited to the Lower School campus to participate in this special day.