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Fine Arts Curriculum

Fine Arts classes are an integral part of each and every student’s course of study at every grade level. Whether in music, theatre or art, these courses contribute to a truly holistic education.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts classes are offered twice every seven days, and provide students with hands-on experience using a wide variety of materials—paint, clay, crayons, scissors, oil pastels, yarn, glitter and watercolors—to replicate the style, technique or design used in different regions of the world.

Our elementary school art facilities include two classrooms, one for two-dimensional art and one for three-dimensional art. We also house our own kiln for firing ceramics.


General music is offered to preschool students twice every six day class rotation and three times in the same period for students in Kindergarten through Grade 4.

All students participate in both a Christmas performance and a spring performance each school year.

Grade 3 and 4 students learn the recorder through the “Recorder Karate” system, earning beads as they progress through the program.

All students learn music through an Orff-based curriculum, combined with Kodaly methods.

Concordia International School Shanghai Elementary fine art

Co-Curricular Offerings

Students can further develop their art and music skills through a variety of activities offered through the school’s Co-Curricular Program.

Below are some of the fine arts activities available to elementary school students.


Orffestra is a co-curricular music ensemble that focuses on building musicianship and instrumental skills using class instruments including mallet and percussion instruments and handbells. We focus on making music as a group, developing our improvisation and music literacy skills and conclude with a short performance at the end of the Fall CCA session.

Phoenix Youth Choir
(Gr. 2-4)

Phoenix Youth Choir is a co-curricular music ensemble for students in Grades 2-4. Students in this group develop their skills in singing through a variety of choral music, and present an evening performance at the conclusion of the CCA session.

Elementary School Musical (G3-G4)
Students learn what it takes to put on a musical play with singing, dancing acting, props and more! The musical is performed for the public in May. Offered from February through May.

Visual Art

Clay Works (G1-G2)
Do you love to create and work with your hands? Students work with air-dry clay and learn basic techniques—rolling, flattening, pinching, kneading and scoring. These techniques are utilized to create various projects.

Ceramics (G3-G4)
Ceramics provides hands-on building with clay. Students will go through the entire ceramics process from building to glazing. Students will design a box or bowl.

Tissue Art (G1-G2)
Tissue paper isn’t just for wrapping packages. Tissue paper is fun and beautiful! Come learn how to use it in a creative, crafty way. Make six beautiful projects using brightly colored tissue paper.

Paper Handicraft (G2-G4)
Using colorful paper, students create roses, elephants, giraffes, snowflakes and other creative shapes. All materials are provided for this creative, artsy CCA.