Critical and Creative Thinking through the Fine Arts
“The arts are fundamental resources through which the world is viewed, meaning is created, and the mind developed.”– Elliot W Eisner, Professor of Education and Art, Stanford University
The fine arts (theatre, visual art, music and dance) communicate a broad range of customs, beliefs, ideas and feelings; they are the primary means of transmitting culture throughout history, influencing an enormous range of human activity and discovery. The arts are an essential part of every child’s learning and cognitive development, sharpening analytical skills, encouraging abstract associations, innovative thinking, and creative problem solving.
HCPSS Long Term Transfer Goals
Students will be able to independently:
- Inquiry/Innovation – Ask questions and pursue multiple pathways to generate new ideas and seek unique solutions to problems.
- Application/Process – Value uncertainty, change, and risk taking as opportunities to explore, identify, and refine solutions to problems.
- Collaboration – Work effectively with, and learn from others in a variety of situations, from diverse backgrounds, and different perspectives, in school and beyond.
- Perseverance – Manage goals and time, embrace, analyze, and reflect upon failure, in order to move forward and ensure continuous growth / improvement.
- Communication – Effectively exchange information for different purposes and varied audiences using appropriate formats.
Fine Arts Office Contact
5451 Beaverkill Road
Columbia, MD 21044
Gino Molfino, Coordinator (Dance, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts)
Terry Eberhardt, Coordinator (Music)
Jaye Ayres, Resource Teacher (Visual Arts)
Megan Hartten, Resource Teacher (Music)
Kathryn Carlsen, Lead Teacher (Theatre Arts)
Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, Lead Teacher (Dance)
Kathryn Reitmeyer, Administrative Assistant