Creativity is a core component of a Lincoln education. Throughout our academic and extracurricular programs, we encourage students to bring original ideas to life, construct new theories, turn standard assignments into boundary-bending projects, and fashion inventive ways to learn.
In our Arts program, we specifically nurture our students' innate creative drive, inspiring them to explore the inviting world of artistic expression. Through music, the visual arts, theater, and other mediums, students produce art that reinforces learning, introduces beauty and meaning into their world, and brings our community together.
Specific arts-focused classes invite students to explore the techniques, history, and applications of artistic craft.
|In art classes at Lincoln, we nurture our students' natural gifts as they play with color, texture, and shape and delve into the history of the arts across cultures. Well-stocked studios encourage young artists to create with watercolors, clay, pencil, oils, ceramics, and other mediums. Whether forging an original form or interpreting the style of a well-known artist, students study, practice, and refine techniques such as drawing, painting, print-making, picture-taking, sculpture, and assemblage.|
|Since music is about more than just sound, at LCS budding musicians sing, play, and move their way to musical fluency. Formal music classes at all levels develop knowledge of musical structure, skill, and creativity through interaction with voice, instruments, and recorded technology. Choir classes lead to popular holiday season and other performances; band sessions introduce students to group instrumental work as they perform at school assemblies and special occasions.|
|If the world is a stage, then Lincoln students are well-equipped as global actors. Through regular drama classes, they explore the history, theory, and realization of acting and dramatic production. Individual and group exercises encourage an atmosphere of play while teaching presentation and relational skills with lifelong benefit.|
Outside-the-classroom arts opportunities give our students the chance to explore new areas of endeavor and perform in front of school and community-wide audiences.
|Lincoln students know how to sing, dance, and act their way into the hearts of an audience, and we make sure they get regular opportunities to do so. Directed by our Drama and Music teachers, students at all levels have the chance to participate in a musical, a play, or other dramatic production several times a year. Produced with lighting, sets, and sound, these performances are a highlight of the community calendar.|
|Putting their in-class musical training to good use, musicians at the middle and high school level often start informal bands with friends and classmates. Meeting after school, they practice pop and rock songs to perform at coffee houses or other school-organized functions. Students enjoy following their musical passions and choosing their own songs to play, learning about creative collaboration in the process.|
|Another place for LCS students to express themselves is through after-school activities. Arts-focused programs like photography club, salsa and hip-hop dancing, basket weaving, and stage design give students the chance to try something new in a relaxed, fun, and supportive environment.|
|For students who want to enhance their skills with a particular instrument, our music department coordinates a Saturday morning Music Academy. Paired with local instructors, Kindergarten through Grade 12 students can take individual lessons in piano, guitar, West African drumming, woodwinds, brass, and other instruments.|
Arts and the Community
Through unique, community-oriented events, we encourage students to develop their personal skills and offer them a venue to showcase individual talents.
|Once-a-year talent shows give students of all ages the chance to showcase a variety of abilities to the broader Lincoln community. These shows are full-production events held in our large multi-purpose hall, complete with sound, lighting, and backstage support. Crowd-favorite acts such as step dancing and vocal solos are greeted with wild applause and remain community talking points for the school year.|
|In these smaller talent showcases held throughout the year, students and teachers mix on stage sharing their performative gifts. A more intimate and casual setting encourages experimentation and helps aspiring artists ease their way into public performance. From stand-up comedy sketches to hip hop dances, students have fun expressing themselves in an inclusive and supportive atmosphere.|
|Step onto campus and you'll see that we love to feature student artwork, from paintings hung in hallways to murals and other large-scale collaborative works brightening courtyards. Arts evenings at all levels bring parents in for displays of student work, with a 12th grade exhibition specially highlighting the portfolios of our diploma program students. Teachers also lead field trips to art galleries near and far, and local artists visit campus to help with specific projects.|
Click these links for more about the Arts curriculum in the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and the Diploma Program.