Visual & Performing Arts
CSS art classes offer students a wide range of traditional applications including drawing, painting, two and three-dimensional sculpture, clay (wheel and table) and art history (Canadian and international).
CSS students work with graphite, shading stumps, paint, papier-mache and many other mediums when they create. Making the most of our technological resources, our students also develop animation, live action and stop action projects.
Drama at CSS takes many forms that parallel the Alberta Elementary and Junior High Drama Curriculum through classroom projects and extra-curricular activities.
Teaching teams collaborate to create unique learning opportunities including the Grade 8 Brazil project and Grade 7 Bunraku puppetry performance. Drama is a big extra-curricular force at CSS. Before the winter break, we welcome Theatre Prospero from Edmonton. They bring to life a selected Shakespeare play with the help of CSS students. After the break, students rehearse for the CSS musical. Almost 70 students were involved in the 2006 musical, including all grade levels. The commitment is huge, with almost three months of rehearsals culminating in two weeks of dress, technical rehearsals and performances.
At CSS, music is seen as an important part of a student’s education.
The music program extends from Grade 4–9 with regular music classes in Grades 4–8 and optional music electives offered in Grades 6–9. Students are taught a general music program incorporating inquiry-based learning. Music making is an integral part of the music program. Students are offered opportunities to use cutting edge music technology. MIDI piano keyboards, guitars, hand-bells and percussive instruments are provided to help them explore their musical abilities.