Performing & Visual Arts

Pine Street School's Arts Approach

Pine Street School is proud to be in partnership with world renowned PACE University School of Performing Arts, and our students enjoy being a short walk from the Schimmel Center, where they have access to learn behind the scenes about the artistic process, theatrical design, performance, and creative collaborations.

We are also a short walk from 3-Legged Dog (or 3LD), one of New York City’s most respected experimental theaters, where our students explore the cutting edge of visual and performing arts, including the integration of technology and modern approaches to theatrical design.

At Pine Street School, we value the arts as an integral component of the learning experience, and our teachers ensure through cross-disciplinary planning that music, art, and performance are seamlessly incorporated into every unit from preschool on.

The Arts not only enrich our lives but are critical to an understanding of global cultures and the common themes that unite societies. We recognize that arts are a medium of inquiry and provide opportunities for learning, communication and expression. Learning about and through arts is fundamental to the development of the whole child, promoting creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and social interactions.

Both the Preschool and Elementary classes have regular assemblies, where the students share their learning and perform.

Music

Music is a part of everyday life. It is a form of non-verbal communication that allows us to convey our ideas, feelings and emotions. Music contributes to personal, social, and physical development. Our music classroom provides an environment that stimulates and challenges students. It is well resourced with an extensive range of musical instruments. Students have the opportunity to explore instruments from a variety of countries and cultures. The use of technology influences and enhances student learning giving them the opportunity to create, compose and record their work.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts are a powerful mode of communication through which students explore and construct a sense of self and develop an understanding of the world around them. Visual Arts provide students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives through a variety of media and technologies.

Drama

Drama is organized into six strands: creative exploration and expression, technical incorporation, performance, personal and social development, reflection, evaluation and appreciation, and drama in society. Each of the strands is addressed separately, although in practice they are interactive and interrelated elements.

Twice a year, the Elementary School participates in writing, choreographing, and creating lyrics for their musical theater productions.

Dance

Dance is an integral part of many cultures. Dance plays an important role in society as it brings people and communities together. As an art form, dance explores how we express ourselves through movement. To understand and respond to dance, students need to understand how dance is used in cultural, ritual and social contexts. Students need opportunities to view a wide variety of dance from various sources, such as live performance, peer choreography, guest dance artists, and recordings. Dance as an art form has evolved considerably over the past century. Exploring dance in a historical and cultural context, and in a variety of genres, enriches the student’s experience in creating and responding to dance.

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Meet Our Arts Educators

Danni is an Educator and Visual Artist from Long Island, NY. She holds a B.S. in Visual Arts Education as well as a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from SUNY New Paltz. Danni has taught within NY Public schools, and has been an Educator at cultural and community institutions including the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Wassaic Project, FABNYC, and Hootenanny Art Annex.

Pablo was born and grew up in Spain and moved to New York City in 2019. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in Spanish and Basque (an ancient language from the north of Spain) with major in Physical Education from the Public University of Navarre.

Bilingual in Mandarin and English, Qingyan is completing her M.A. in Music Education at Steinhardt, New York University. She holds a bachelors in music education from The Capital Normal University in Beijing.

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