Fine Arts​ at Discovery


Discovery Charter School has an amazing Fine Arts program based on an 11 week rotation schedule.  Over the course of the year, all K-8 students take PE, engineering, art, drama, music, and technology focusing on preparing students for Career and College Readiness and enriching 21st century skills!

Read below to learn more about our Fine Arts courses!

Fine Arts Team

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Mrs. Mack (PE), Mrs. Valency (Music), Mrs. Markham ( Engineering), and Mrs. Donovan (Art).


Art Studio

Discovery’s visual arts program covers all four disciplines of art: Art History (culture, geography, time periods), Art Criticism (Describing, analyzing, interpreting, judging), Art Production, and Art Aesthetics (ex: What is considered art?). The production part of the lesson incorporates many styles of art including: printmaking, mosaics, painting, wire and clay sculpture, weaving, and charcoal drawings. All of the lessons are aligned with the CA Visual Arts Standards for each grade level. In addition to meeting these standards, the curriculum is uniquely designed so that it is differentiated amongst the grade levels based on what the students are learning in their classrooms. Many projects have a strong common core tie-in such as teaching fourth graders to use geometry, angles, and radial symmetry to produce a stained glass window print. I also align my lessons with the NGSS standards to extend student learning beyond their classrooms and develop science concepts further through the visual arts. An example of this would be taking content that first graders have learned about outer space and creating an oil pastel art piece depicting different types of nebulae and galaxies. Here at Discovery, students take a lot of pride and ownership in their artwork. They are always given margin for creative freedom and encouraged to take risks and experiment. After exploring new techniques, students become facilitators of their own learning and oftentimes teach the class a new way of doing something. For those students who are still craving more art, afterschool art clubs are offered to further develop students’ artistic skills. At the end of the school year, student’s artwork is showcased as part of Discovery’s STEAM Night. With over 1,000 pieces of artwork, families, staff, and community members are invited to celebrate the talent and creativity of our truly amazing students. This event gives our students the opportunity to take ownership of their hard work, build confidence, and real world connections.

PE

link and more information coming soon

Robotics & Engineering Lab

At Discovery Charter School, we couldn't agree more with the statement released by the National Science Foundation-- “In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEAM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” 

In order to compete in a global economy, STEAM education and careers must be a priority and they ARE at Discovery Charter School.

It’s becoming more and more clear that most jobs of the future will require a better understanding of math, science & technology and in the engineering lab, our learning really prioritizes these aspects in our students’ education. 

During the school day students have the opportunity to test out their interests in engineering as well as programming through both drone and robotics venues. Students take these courses as a part of the weekly elementary fine arts rotations or daily as a middle school elective course.

We introduce science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to students through fun, exciting experiential learning. Using First Lego League’s model, Students interact with real-world problem-solving situations which enables today’s students to best prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders . Our classes offered at discovery encourage students to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on learning.

Additionally, there are also after school program opportunities. Each quarter we feature different clubs and teams for students to pursue their interests and develop new skills -these include Drone clubs, Robotics teams, GATE clubs , and Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) teams. 

In order to compete in a global economy, STEAM education and careers must be a priority and they ARE at Discovery Charter School.


Music
Please enjoy this special performance by our virtual choir. Students (K-8), teachers, and staff worked hard to create this beautiful piece of music together. Although we are physically apart, we are still one Discovery family!
https://youtu.be/PjJficA77zM