There really are no neat boundaries to the arts in the lives of our students or the role models, their teachers, at Lehrman Community Day School. The arts are integrated into all areas of our lives at the school -- our celebration of our Jewish lives, our after school activities, and a host of other extra-curricular activities. Our art teachers are artists in their own right and they model by the pervasiveness of art in their lives, how art is more than a subject in school, but rather a window on the world.
"The (Lehrman arts) program is very exciting and encourages creativity in a unique setting."
"Art Basel à la Lehrman‚" said one grandparent, only partly in jest at one of our annual all-school student art exhibits. Each year Lehrman art specialist Deborah Brown (BFA, MFA) puts up an exhibit of work by each student in the school to great acclaim by parents and students alike.
During the annual ArtFest, students are exposed to area museums as well as local artists, many of them our own parents, and are given the opportunity to create art with them. It is a week-long celebration of the visual arts throughout the school and throughout their days.
The exhibit also includes the work of artists in the school's after school art club, part of the After School Program, a class given each semester by Mrs. Brown. In addition, crafts related to Jewish holidays and general ritual items are created by the students in connection with Jewish studies classes.
Each year Lehrman students put on a full performance of musical theater under the expert direction of Michael Day, himself a professional musical director of musical theater. He has able assistants in our faculty and staff in areas of choreography (Ms. Amy Siama) and drama. Mr. Day's productions have included Hairspray, Mary Poppins, and Cinderella. Students work after school to perfect their skills in all aspects of musical theater.
Other musical offerings include:
Dance and Design
A number of after school offerings include various dance genres, and special programs include
opportunities for fabric design, fashion, and metalwork.