The Art Program at AJA is an integral part of our project-based curriculum. Students of all grade levels are exposed to and explore various art materials and elements of design, and study both Studio Art and Art History. AJA’s outstanding art program fosters creativity, self-expression and manual dexterity while incorporating math, science, language arts, Jewish and social studies. Students look forward to their art classes held in our spacious studio where they work on a variety of skills from drawing and painting to collage and sculpture. Through a range of materials, students create art pieces that express their own stories, ideas and emotions.
“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” John Updike
Austin Jewish Academy currently offers instrumental music education to students Transitional Kindergarten through Eighth grade. AJA has adopted the Orff Schulwerk curriculum for elementary music education. It is a program designed to help promote steady beats and increase musicianship, coordination, and pitch matching in an elementary music education program. Kindergarten through third grade students play barred xylophones and mettalaphones as a part of this curriculum, and starting in second grade students begin learning to read music. In fourth and fifth grade, students transfer this knowledge to the recorder program to prepare them for band instruction. Starting in middle school, AJA students have the opportunity to select Band as an elective. Our Band program is designed to provide differentiated instruction according to student abilities so that more advanced music students can participate and have their needs met as well as the students who are just beginning.
Students shine as they experience all aspects of theater production from set design to acting and singing under the supervision of an experienced director. Parent involvement brings the school community together to ensure a stellar show. Past productions have included well-known shows and original works including Really Rosie, Joesph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Yom Sababa, and most recently, Pippin. Younger students participate in a performance all their own.