The Arts program enables students to become creative, confident individuals. Students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 participate and engage in artistic instruction. All Middle and Senor School classes are led by specialized artists and instructors and are tailored to each student’s abilities to ensure a challenging program. Music classes in the EPLC and Junior School are also taught by a specialist instructor. Some students enter Albert College with no artistic history or ambition. By the time they graduate, they discover they have talents they did not know they had and develop a love for the arts. From reading music and singing solos to acting in the school production, students learn a lot about their artistic abilities.
EPLC and Junior School
Music, drama, dance and visual arts are valued as important areas of academic and experiential learning for all of our students. We recognize the value of artistic creativity from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6. Research shows that students who read music, play an instrument and express themselves artistically consistently achieve better score in all subject areas.
In particular, the love of music is introduced in Pre-Kindergarten and nurtured to include participation in choirs from Grade 1 to Grade 6. Instrumental music is introduced in Grade 4 with the recorder and then expanded to include various wind instruments and percussion as they move through the junior grades. School productions at Christmas, in the spring, and to celebrate the year's end of learning promote confidence building in students.
The Arts provide an opportunity for all Junior School students to get to know each other in many school-wide events:
- Christmas Pageant
- Primary Production
- Junior Production
As well, classroom showcase events provide students the opportunity to share their talents and build their confidence. Presentations have included: Winter Showcase (EPLC), Grade 1 Rainforest Sharing and the Grade 4 Medieval Feast!
The Arts program at Albert College allows students to express their creative side. Students are activity involved in theatrical, musical and visual arts.
The dramatic arts program is designed to develop creative thinking, self-confidence and personal expression. Middle School students have an opportunity to audition for both the Middle and Senior School’s major productions each year for acting roles and work behind the scenes in a variety of roles including set direction and design, stage lighting and makeup. Students are also encouraged to participate in classes, the Canadian Independent Schools Drama Festival (CISDF) in Toronto.
The Albert music program is the most comprehensive in the Quinte area. Our students participate in music classes and perform in many different ensembles including our 60-piece choir, small specialist choirs, Middle School band, Senior School band and Jazz Band. Our musicians and singers are able to audition to perform in the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival (CISMF) that is held each year at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
Visual arts allow students to explore their creativity, learn new skills and experiment with different materials. Projects incorporate elements of art from acrylic painting with a focus on colour, to mixed media sculpture with a focus on texture. Finished projects are proudly displayed around the school and during Albert’s Annual Art Exhibit each spring.
Albert College offers a unique Arts Period built into the academic schedule. Three times a week all students participate in artistic classes as part of our co-curricular program. Creating a timetable that includes an art period allows students to rehearse without conflict and provides time for them to participate in other after-school co-curricular activities. The musical, theatrical and visual arts components are taught by faculty members with specialist degrees. Students have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of arts activities in addition to arts credits that are offered as part of the academic day including:
- chapel choir
- women’s choir
- wind ensemble
- concert band
- jazz band
- community winds band
- classical, contemporary and musical theatre
- music and drama festivals
- art galas,
- chess club
- stained glass
- textile arts
All of these co-curricular offerings are in addition to arts credits that are offered a part of the academic day. Each arts program also offers unique experiences to students who prove to be especially skilled. For example, students involved in Albert's music program have the opportunity to audition for CISMF (Canadian Independent Schools' Music Festival). Those chosen will perform in Toronto with top music students from across Canada. Albert College Drama students are able to perform at an event known as CISDF (Canadian Independent Schools' Drama Festival). At this venue students have the opportunity to take plays from a variety of genres to a hosting school and participate in professional workshops. They also receive an adjudication of their production. The Visual Arts program at Albert offers students the opportunity to display their art at several local art exhibits and festivals. Gallery trips to Toronto and Montréal also provide students an opportunity to experience works from around the world.