At Lincoln School, we recognize that participation in the arts not only cultivates creativity, self-expression, and self-discipline, but it also connects students to history, to different civilizations and cultures across the world, and to their own imaginations. Students, in every grade, learn how to reach their highest creative expression through visual arts, vocal and instrumental music and drama.
The entire school community enjoys the remarkable talents of our art students and their teachers, in a variety of fine art events produced by students at all levels, and performed in our Theater. These performances include drama productions, musicals, choir, orchestra, and band concerts. In addition, student work of all levels is displayed at the Lincoln Center for the Arts.
In our arts program, students work individually and collaboratively; while they are painting, putting on a play, or performing a song, students are learning how to work in groups and they are simultaneously developing and displaying their individual talents.
Since their early years, students learn the basics for creative thinking and habits needed to construct imaginative and unique artworks; discipline in handling materials when using their sketchbook and creating projects, provide meaningful artistic experiences that become a way of thinking.
Using the “creative process” consistently, students learn how to organize the stages or processes needed in art. With this knowledge, they will obtain an important foundation to carry out projects which are not based exclusively on the “results” but in developing skills as investigators and to acknowledge the importance of the process itself.
Students are introduced to various aspects of art through hands-on creative activities, and problem solving through a variety of media, in order to stimulate, develop, and refine critical ways of thinking. Students will learn how to critique art and will develop observation, interpretation and design skills. They will also become familiar with a wide array of artists and art historical movements.
The visual arts learning outcomes at Lincoln School are grouped under four areas:
A: Knowledge and Understanding
C: Analysis and Evaluation
D: Artistic Awareness and Personal Engagement
IB Visual Arts Program
The IB Visual Arts Program is a demanding pre-university course of study designed for highly motivated students who share an academic experience that emphasizes practical production, critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view. The core program includes practice in the use of various media, acquisition of techniques and the ability to relate art to its historical and social context. Art history and criticism are integrated into the practical course and not dealt with in isolation. From this base, students are encouraged to move into areas of personal and independent exploration.
Methods of instruction:
- Observational, interpretational, and design exercises
- Research based projects
- Art critique sessions
By the end of this course the students will be able to:
- Analyze contrast and compare Art production from different cultures based on aesthetic criteria and cultural context.
- Experiment with a wide range or materials searching for a personal and unique approach and style to Fine Arts.
- Apply the principles of design in any kind of artistic manifestation.
- Draw and Paint from direct observation using different media.
- Develop an idea into artistic personal projects using any kind of media or technique depending on the artist intention.
Classroom teachers and IB examiners work in partnership to ensure that students have ample opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
At Lincoln School, Drama is offered as an elective for high school students from grade 9-12. The drama program is designed to expose students to the basics of acting and producing work in the theater. Students use imagination, research, visualization, emotional recall, and a sense of memory to reproduce and control emotions on stage.
The School’s drama productions are extremely creative and performances live up to the highest quality standards. Students take leadership, not only in performance, but in technical, design and managerial aspects of the productions.
Students are involved in all aspects of these productions, from acting to assisting with costumes, sets, lighting and sound.
Students at Drama are given the time to take creative journeys that encourage them to take risks, make mistakes, and learn that the greatest results can come from the greatest challenges.
The final goal is that students use the skills and art of drama as one of the means through which they become more confident, mature, poised, clear, thoughtful, collaborative, and creative.
The IB Theatre Program at High Level and at Standard Level consists of three interrelated areas. Students are required to explore these three areas from the perspective of dramaturge, director, performer, group ensemble, production team and spectator.
- Theatre in the making: It encompasses the acquisition and development of all skills required to create, present and observe theatre. It is exploratory in nature.
- Theatre in performance: The focus of theatre in performance is on the application of skills developed in theatre in the making. This involves students in various aspects of presenting theatre, where their practical skills can be applied in different roles (as performers and as part of the production team), while also building upon the knowledge they have acquired in other areas.
- Theatre in the world: The focus of theatre in the world is on a practical and theoretical exploration of a range of theatre traditions and cultural practices around the world. It allows students to explore the origins and traditions of a variety of theatre conventions and practices from diverse cultural and historical contexts.
The aims of the theater course at the Higher Level and Standard Level are to enable students to:
- Experience and participate in a wide and varied range of theatre activities and develop proficiency in more than one area of theater technique.
- Become familiar with forms of theater from their own and different cultures.
- Explore different traditions in their historical contexts.
- Develop academic skills appropriate for the study and understanding of theater.
- Become reflective and critical practitioners in theater.
Develop the confidence to explore, to experiment and to work individually and collaboratively on innovative projects, which should involve challenging established notions and conventions of theater.
Understanding the dynamic, holistic and evolving nature and the interdependence of all aspects of this art form.
Lincoln School seeks to empower students with a literacy, understanding and passion for music both as performers and listeners. Through a vibrant music program that enables students to become familiar with music from a wide variety of genres and cultures. We have an outstanding program rooted in a rich tradition of artistic excellence, offering students among the very best of music education. Even in our elective and after school, students enthusiastically participate while pursuing a variety of other interests on campus.
They are encouraged to cultivate ideas, become risk-takers, and develop self- confidence. The program helps them to appreciate music by becoming critical and also aesthetically sensitive of music.
Our Music program includes:
- General Music (PreK- 5)
- Suzuki Program Elective (PreK- 5)
- Elementary Band (4-5)
- Secondary Band (6-12)
- Strings (6-12)
- Choir (6-12)
Our athletic program develops the skill level of student athletes, and at the varsity level, provides the opportunity for first-rate athletic competition; they currently compete in intramural, local and international tournaments.
For Lincoln School is very important to develop our student-athletes based on the following characteristics: Achieve Goals, Determination, agile Leaders, put strategy into action, teamwork, huge Sacrifices, never Give up Attitude, perform under pressure, motivation and commitment.
Our student athletes learn technical skills and much more. They learn how to rely on their teammates and become reliable teammates themselves. And, perhaps most importantly, they are taught lessons about fairness and respect, developing key character traits, including commitment, responsibility, honor, perseverance, cooperation, leadership, and sportsmanship.
Our athletic program emphasizes the development of our student-athletes, while teaching them to strive for excellence, and to understand that adversity and defeat are just opportunities for personal growth.
Lincoln School participates annually in different championships, especially on AASCA tournaments, which are organized all around Central America where our students have the opportunity to compete in sports such as Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball and Swimming.
As our friend Catheryn Berger Kaye plainly states: Through service learning, we can engage our young people in learning about critical issues – climate change, population migration, hunger, loss of habitat, illiteracy, and more – while contributing to the betterment of themselves and others. Providing them with the skills and knowledge to do this vital work, in their own communities and the larger world, adds relevance to their education.
All of our students from Pre-kinder through 12 th grades involve themselves with their teachers and/or staff with many different programs involving service. There is an Interact Club after school as well for students who wish to excel in this area. This program is the heart of education and is one of the areas colleges and businesses look for in graduates today worldwide. Everyone involved in the Lincoln community is expected to help promote charity, kindness, giving, and service as part of the academic and educational experience.
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