The value of arts education is now firmly grounded in theory and research. Phoenix believes that every child has the innate urge and capacity to be artistically expressive. Creative Start allows students to draw upon their creative abilities and deepen them, as well. The benefit is that creative thinking lasts for a lifetime and can be applied in other endeavors.
Each morning, all year, every Phoenix student participates in a “Creative Start” class—for example, orchestra, band, choir, art, digital art--that fosters creative expression.
The following Core Creative Start classes:
Art Studio - 7th / 8th
This course focuses has three major components: art history - the study of great art masterpieces, art current events - local and around the world, and studio - concentrating on the elements of art and the principles of design, to create strong compositions with a variety of media and techniques.
Band - 7th / 8th
The band provides students with learning and performance opportunities on wind and percussion instruments. The primary focus is on the development, continuation, and expansion of basic skills begun the previous year that are necessary for effective instrumental music performance. Students perform in at least two concerts a year.
Choir - 7th / 8th
Choir provides students with learning and performance opportunities using their voice as their instrument. The primary focus is on the development of their voice through reading music notation, producing quality vocal sounds, using proper diction, and responding to the interpretations of the music. Students perform in an average of four concerts a year. Students with no prior experience are welcome to participate and no one ever has to sing alone.
Digital Art - 7th / 8th
This course introduces the student to basic and intermediate computer design in various media; conceptualization, organization, and implementation of design for publication. Basic elements and principles of design are explored through a series of projects that emphasize visual communication and creative problem-solving.
Orchestra - 7th / 8th
Orchestra provides students with learning and performance opportunities on violin, viola, cello, and bass. The primary focus is on the development, continuation, and expansion of basic skills begun the previous year that are necessary for effective instrumental music performance. Students perform in at least two concerts a year.
A "Choice Creative Start" component begins the second semester, for students to have the opportunity to explore other fine arts. Details are shared in January of each year.