Art education is guided by the Minnesota State Standards for visual arts. Students work both in small and large groups as well as individually, while closely monitored and guided by the teacher. Students are allowed a lot of time for hands-on learning and creation in the art room.
Students study artistic foundations and practice the technical skills of the art form, integrating technology when applicable. They also create in a variety of contexts and respond to or critique a variety of creations and performances using the artistic foundations.
Our school has a very strong commitment to the fine arts. Music education is guided by the MN Standards for the Arts. Standards are reached through performance of music individually as well as in both small and large groups. Techniques of Kodaly and Orff methods of music education are used to develop skills.
Students are then able to take what they have learned and begin performing. Students have the opportunity to sing in choir during Thursday’s school masses and during various Sunday Masses as well as at other community events throughout the year.
St. Raphael Catholic School is proud to provide the opportunity for students interested in playing an instrument to participate in the St. Raphael’s band. The Band Program is offered to all students in fourth through eighth grade. Students receive an instrumental group rehearsal each Tuesday during the school day and a full band rehearsal after school as well. The Band performs several times during the school year including a Fall Musical, the Christmas Concert, a March Band Festival, and the Spring Concert. Strike Up the Band is sponsored by Schmitt Music.
From September 15 through May 15, piano lessons are available to students in second through eighth grade. Lessons are 30 minutes long either during the school day or after school in the church. Lesson times during the school day are arranged with your child’s teacher. The students prepare for a recital each spring. For more information contact Donna Bowen or the school office at 763-504-9450 or Donnajbowen@usfamily.net.