LaGrange Academy recognizes the magnitude of providing environments for creativity and self expression. The visual and performing arts programs of the Academy begin in Kindergarten and continue through the upper school. We believe that all students should be encouraged to grow their creativity and learn to appreciate the arts. We feel this is essential for a creating a well rounded education.
Art is offered in all Lower and Middle School classes at least once a week. Students begin working with various mediums in Kindergarten while developing creative skills and an appreciation of the arts. Instruction includes such areas as drawing, painting, clay and learning the correct application of materials and methods.
Middle School students study various artists and their works and complete a piece of art based on their newly acquired knowledge. Other types of art are explored including printmaking, clay building, perspective drawing, drawing from a still-life set up, metal tooling, batik, stained glass, and paper maché, to name a few.
Art is an elective in high school. Studio classes are taught in art level 1(beginner) through level 4(experienced). High school classes are five days a week. Drawing and painting skills are expanded upon, including the use of oil paints and painting on silk. Hand-made baskets and clay are some of the craft projects executed in high school. LaGrange Academy always participates in the Kiwanis Art show each March and the Chattahoochee Valley Art League. Other competitions pop up from time to time, such as; Southern Teachers Agency calendar contest, District Congressional Art Show, West Ga. Medical Show and others.
Music, Chorus and Ensemble
All Lower and Middle school children take weekly Music classes. Lower school students will participate in a performance-based curriculum that encourages and fosters the growth of the various skills and techniques involved in performance. Middle school students take an introductory level Music Appreciation which will acquaint them with the elements of music through a study of the various genres of music. Upper school students take a more in-depth Music Appreciation course in which they will spend more time discussing, researching, and thinking critically about the various genres of music. Students perform several productions a year. These productions include but are not limited to Veteran’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Chinese New Year, Christmas, and the end of the year performance.
Middle and Upper School student have the opportunity to continue their studies in music and may also participate in the Academy’s chorus and music ensemble. Both the chorus and music ensemble put on productions for the school community.
Eighth through twelfth grades are eligible to compete in All Select and/or All State Chorus, Band and/or Orchestra. Students may also audition to compete in the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) Spring Literary Competition in the areas of piano, girl’s trio, boy’s quartet and boy’s and girl’s solo.
Opportunities for private instrumental lessons are also available to all students.
Drama classes are offered to all students in Kindergarten through Twelfth grade. Lower and Middle School students meet at least once a week concentrating on basic theatrical skills such as spatial awareness, vocal inflections and physical movement in scene study, acting games and improvisation. The Middle School students discover and fine tune their basic performance techniques through scene study, storytelling, improvisation, interviewing and persuasive speaking. Upper School students have the opportunity to take courses in Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Drama and can meet daily. Upper School classes concentrate on detailed skills in acting, set design, improvisation, stage makeup, stage combat, theater business, theater/production marketing and directing.
Last year, the Drama Department featured students in all divisions in its spring production of “The Wizard of Oz”. This fall, LaGrange Academy won the GISA Region 4-AA One Act Play competition with its production of “Bad Auditions by Bad Actors”.