For our students who are interested in furthering their artistic endeavors, WMS offers a variety of elective after-school enrichment classes designed to inspire and complement students interests. MAP (Montessori After-school Program) Enrichment classes typically meet once a week for 8-10 weeks. (For more information on MAP, contact Ellen Hadad at firstname.lastname@example.org) Past MAP offerings in the arts include:
Students learn basic hand building and glazing techniques, and then create their own pieces as time allows.
Inspired by the ephemeral and temporal art work of nature sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, this class brings young artists outdoors to create their own art with natural materials such as sticks, leaves, and stones from our own campus.
Students are guided through designing and building their own fairy houses with natural materials gathered from campus.
Minds in Motion.
Led by Emily Kent of modern dance company Pilobolus, students explore creativity, collaboration and group creation rather than the techniques of a specific style of dance. Students learn partnering, composition and decision-making skills while balancing physical freedom with self-control.
Private Music Lessons.
We currently offer private instruction in piano to elementary and middle school students and in Suzuki guitar to lower school and lower elementary students. Piano lessons are taught by Oksana Protenik who has taught students at a variety of levels and has a teaching philosophy that reflects our own. She believes students must be instilled with the love of music as well as dedication and discipline, and recognizes that all students have different learning styles and needs. Guitar lessons are taught by Andy LaFreniere, Director of the Suzuki Talent Education School in Newtown. He is a popular clinician, teaching at many Suzuki institutes throughout the country. Several of his students have gone on to study at some of the finest music schools in the country and have won several performance awards.