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Grymes students have so many opportunities to perform, to create – and to shine.

The Grymes curriculum offers a wealth of opportunities for self-expression. Music, visual arts and drama allow children to be creative and discover talents that they will carry with them as they grow. Our accent on the arts enriches the curriculum, enhancing student understanding through a truly hands-on approach to discovery, exploration and personal expression.

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Walking through the hallways at Grymes is like taking an Art History lesson. Our hallways are filled with student art demonstrating a variety of impressive projects, skill levels and an exceptional range of styles. As early as Junior Kindergarten, art is incorporated into the daily routines of the day and reinforces the subject matter of the curriculum. Students use a wide variety of media, including paper, tempera, acrylic and watercolor paint, chalk, papier mache, and clay, while learning a range of techniques that include collage, painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics. Color, line, form and texture are explored while students learn about art history and apply their study to the subject matter of their classroom curriculum. Fifth graders learning about early civilizations study cave art and create primitive drawings using yarn as a printing form. Fourth graders exploring cultures in world geography create African masks, while Kindergartners hatching butterflies create prints of monarch butterflies. Art surprises you in unlikely places throughout the main building; ceiling tiles are painted like the Sistine Chapel in the art room, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus adorns the entrance of the gymnasium, and Van Gogh’s Starry Night is painted on the art room doors!
Singing, movement, rhythm, composition, reading notes and playing an instrument are all important components of our rich and lively music program. Beginning in Junior Kindergarten and proceeding through eighth grade, every Grymes student participates in music class weekly. Starting with a study of rhythm, beat and movement, Junior Kindergartners learn to sing and move in harmony as they explore the sounds and songs of each season, and with each grade level the curriculum increases with difficulty as various concepts of music and motion are mastered. Instruments are introduced in the fourth grade, with recorders, and in the fifth grade students join the Upper School wind & brass band with an instrument of choice. Upper School students continue their study of their chosen instrument through the eighth grade.

All students have plenty of opportunities to show off their singing and performance skills on stage. Not only can students showcase their musical talents in class plays and in our annual Variety Show, but musical performances are the highlight of the Christmas and Grandparents Day programs!

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Class plays have been part of the curriculum from the earliest days of Grymes. Because classes are small, every class does a production, from the twenty minute play in junior kindergarten, to hour long Shakespeare productions in the eighth grade. Memorizing lines, enunciating clearly and learning how to speak and move in character are the focus of drama at all levels, and students learn to take risks and to work together as a team. Starting in the 7th grade, Upper Schoolers enjoy improv class, which builds confidence, creative expression and quick thinking on the feet!