Fine Arts play a major role in a student's life. At Greenfield, our students experience both art and music classes. The art program which provides a non-verbal release for ideas, emotions, and self-images, causes interaction among students and gives students an opportunity to experience art both as a creator and spectator. Students in K-7 attend art once per week, and students in 8-12 have the option of taking it as an elective course of study.
The music program at Greenfield involves students from pre-school through 12th grade and has as its aim, to increase the sensitivity of all the children to the value of music as art. Students not only sing in class, but play instruments, dance, conduct, and occasionally compose.
• The Elements of Art: line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space are taught to all students, in varying ways and with different mediums and projects.
• The Principles of Design: contrast, balance, emphasis, unity, pattern, movement and rhythm are featured more in depth at the high school level.
• Students are not graded on talent; they are graded on work completed on time, following directions, and their understanding of the subject.
• Classes and times they meet:
Grades K-6 have art once a week; their class is divided in half.
Grades 7-8 have electives that change by semester; 2 classes of 18 hours and 1 class of 36 hours are offered twice a year.
Grades 9-12 elect to have art and meet every other day for the entire year.
• Classes and their grading format:
Kindergarten students are not graded
1st grade-4th grade are evaluated in 3 categories and receive a letter grade which indicates Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory, or Outstanding and are on a 4-9 week grading period.
Grades 4-12 use the alphanumeric equivalent of A-F and are on a 6-6week grading period for the school year; the 4th- 6th classes come once a week. The 7th and 8th grade electives change by semester, students come for either two 18 week classes or a 36 week class which meets twice a week.
• Electives for Fall 2015 will be:
Ceramics class meets twice a week for one semester or 3- 6 week grading periods.
• Electives for spring will be:
Watercolor classes offered to both 7th and 8th graders. All classes begin at the novice level and teach techniques and methods.
• The high school classes meet every other day or A for even days and B for odd days of the week.
Music class is taught to Preschool and Kindergarten students once a week. First, second, third and fourth graders come twice a week for 30 minutes each. Fifth and sixth graders come once a week for a full period.
Seventh and eight graders have the following electives from which to choose:
- Choir, guitar and handbells
Upper school students can choose from the following electives:
- Choir and Music History Appreciation
Students in grades three, four, five and six have the opportunity to sing in "13th Harmony". This group meets after school once a week and performs at various events on campus and in the community.
Music Field Trips
Third, fourth and fifth graders go to Raleigh each year to hear the North Carolina Symphony.
Tri-M Music Honor Society
The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for upper school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Tri-M advocates for the importance and value of music education in shaping the leaders of tomorrow.
To be eligible, students must be participating in a music class or ensemble for at least one semester of the current school year, have an A average in their music class, maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average, and exhibit character strength that includes demonstration of service, leadership, and cooperation.