Exercise is important. In the fine arts, we exercise our imaginations and strengthen our humanity. The fine arts ignite curiosity and spark creative thinking. Wrestling with art, either visual or performing, we call on multiple senses, develop a strong work ethic and refine our communication skills. The habits of mind cultivated in the fine arts make us more agile problem solvers. But they do more than stimulate our minds. The arts teach empathy by putting us in touch with awe, wonder, grit, risk and compassion. Classes in music, art and drama at Presbyterian School are deeply rooted in our Core Values and are a facet of a our students’ overall character education.
Outside of the classroom, students and faculty have direct contact with the best that Houston has to offer in the arts. Located in the heart of Houston's Museum District and only a few light rail line stops from the Theater District, students at Presbyterian School walk outside our doors and into nineteen different museums without ever boarding a bus. This proximity means that even our three-year-old Betas can go monthly to Story time Tours at the Museum of Fine Arts. Partnerships allow our students to see their art work exhibited in actual museums. Middle School art classes go outdoors to sketch en plein air in the museum's Sculpture Garden and Fourth graders install their own Texas History exhibit, from measuring, designing and hanging to training as docents, thanks to instruction from faculty at Glassell Junior School of Art. Our address on Main Street puts us at the most exciting intersection for holistic education in the nation’s third largest city, and our students benefit from this intersection each and every day.
A short ride on the METROrail brings students into Houston's Theater District for performing arts--the nation's second-highest number of theater seats within a single urban district, outdone only by Broadway in New York. Here, elementary and middle school music classes hear symphonies in Jones Hall and opera at Wortham Theater. The seventh grade English class reads Dickens' A Christmas Carol and then experiences it performed at the Alley Theatre. Our proximity to the rail line transports us within minutes to world-class companies in all major performing arts.
Across disciplines, classes examine the arts as a universal language across time and cultures. Sacred songs are integral during worship in chapel. Art pours out of the lower school art room and covers the hallways of the School. Eighth graders unite in the culminating class project: a musical theater production. Presbyterian School students celebrate God's infinite creation through their own creative endeavors. They reflect God's love through service, sharing art with others. Our school culture values the arts as a means to help students realize their human potential.
Presbyterian School is uniquely situated to live out our objectives of being an institution that considers beauty and cultivates understanding. Whether absorbing the arts in our city or making and performing art in the sanctuary of our own school building, students engage wholly, think deeply, and create daily . . . with confidence.