CESJDS Lower School Arts Program
Learn more about our Lower School visual arts program, view our media gallery and read about projects our Junior Kindergarten-Grade 5 students work on throughout the year.
Music & Performing Arts
Learn more about the many opportunities our Lower School students have to explore music and performing arts and view the media gallery.
Lower School students have benefited from learning from professional experts. The Artist-in-Residence programs have provided opportunities for hands-on intensive workshops for a group of students over a period of weeks.
3rd Grade Native American Storytelling
Guest artist Ariana Ross taught third-grade students about traditional Native American storytelling techniques, and then the students learned to write and share their own stories using a format of digital storytelling. The students created "fractured folktales" based on the Native American tribes they studied.
5th Grade History Alive Wax Museum
Mary Ann Jung, award-winning actress and Smithsonian Scholar, worked with fifth-grade students to help each of them create a three-minute play based on research of a figure from American history. Ms. Jung taught the fifth graders about script writing, acting, and blocking/movement. At the end of the residency, each student had written and memorized a script for his/her character and performed with props and costumes at a "Wax Museum" for students and parents.
Students take advantage of the cultural richness of the Washington, DC area through visits to the Smithsonian and other institutions.
Lower School Gallery Week
Gallery Week features at least one piece of artwork by every student in the Lower School displayed throughout the building. Parents are invited to tour this celebration of artistry all week, culminating on Dor L'Dor when grandparents can explore the galleries.