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Inventive Curriculum

Tuesday afternoons are full of fun and lots of creative energy, as students in grades three through seven put their artistic talents to work with some of the finest artist-educators in the Greater Boston area.

Lesley Ellis music teacher and performer, Guy Mendilow, designed the Arts Block and Arts Apprenticeship programs as a way for students to experience art, dance, music, movement, film and improvisation in a meaningful way that brings the inspiration of practicing artists into the school on a regular basis. 

This year’s Arts Block program for students in Grades 3-6 features residencies that are six weeks long, which gives each student a chance to join in-depth sessions with all four artists. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are exploring Songwriting with Courtney Swain, Ceramics with Elizabeth Thomas, Animation with Pell Osborne and Dance with Maryanne Harkless. Students in seventh and eighth grade participate in an Arts Apprenticeship program focused on Poetry with Charles Coe, Dane/Choreography with Maryanne Harkless, and Animation with Pell Osborne.  

The highlight at the end of each Arts Block and Arts Apprenticeship residency brings a sharing session full of music, performances, films and art displays for the whole school community to enjoy. Follow this link to learn more about arts and music at Lesley Ellis School.