Welcome to Fine Arts at Middlefork School

Music Program

Music Teacher: Shawna (Kaplan) Rosen

The music program at Middlefork School is designed to provide students an introduction to the elements of music - melody, beat, form,history, and instruments. Kindergarten students meet for half an hour weekly, and students in grades 1-3 meet twice weekly for 30 minutes.   Instruction combines the best of Kodaly and Orff philosophies, giving children experiences in singing, playing, movement,listening to and analyzing music from a wide variety of time periods and cultures.


Middlefork students perform two yearly all-school concerts,the Winter Sing and the Spring Sing. In addition, children provide music for occasional events throughout the year.  All students look forward to third grade, when they learn to play the recorder.  For more information about the music program, as well as timely updates, please refer to Mrs. Rosen's website, http://www.sunsetridge29.net//Domain/117


Art Program

Art Teacher: Robin Nagy

The Art program at Middlefork School provides students with an introduction to the elements and principles of design. Kindergarten students are engaged in artistic endeavors in their classrooms on a daily basis. In the spring of the kindergarten year, students study eight famous artistic styles and individual paintings while imitating the techniques and accomplishments of such masters including Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh, and Seurat. They also visit the At Institute of Chicago to see some of the artists’ works in person.

First, second, and third students visit the Art room once per week for 60 minutes. The students develop skills and knowledge of art media as a means of expression and communication. They explore and gain an appreciation for art history, cultural art, and the social context of art.The goal is for students to perceive and gain an understanding of how the elements and principles of design are used in our world and our art. Critical thinking is fostered through imagination and creativity as the students apply the appropriate tools and media to create wonderful masterpieces of their own.

Last Modified on December 24, 2013