Music, Drama, Art, and Film
Pacific School has a long history of commitment to the performing arts. Our arts program is supported by and only possible because of Pacific School's Parents' Club.
Student Film Festival
Since 2017, Pacific School has hosted an annual student short film festival. Students are encouraged to create their own films and let their creativity shine. Documentary, stop action, fantasy, and other genres are all welcome. Films are shown to the community in a festive evening occasion. More information and films from previous years can be viewed here.
Thanks to the support of Parents' Club and a generous donation, teachers can access curriculum and supplies to support classroom instruction in the visual arts.
Each month a different classroom displays student are projects on the front wall of the school office.
Every other year, Pacific School traditionally puts on a play. The play brings the students and staff together in an engaging group effort. All students in grades 3-6 participate in some way or another, whether through acting, singing, stage managing, or helping with props. The photo shows a student working on the monster prop for the 2017-18 production of The Odyssey. Scripts are written or adapted by Heather McDougal and directed by Terri Steinman of WEST Performing Arts.
Past shows have included The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz, Midsummer Night's Dream, and a riff on The Thousand and One Nights called Leilah and the Magic Lamp. Shows are made possible by the work of students and volunteers, and often incorporate technology and fiber arts in set and costume design.
Made possible by the support of Parents' Club, Pacific School has a long history of promoting instrumental and vocal music education. Unfortunately, for both public health and budgetary reasons, the music program will be on hold for the fall of 2021. The Board and Parents' Club hope to bring back the music program as soon as it is safe and feasible, perhaps as early as the spring of 2022.
Arts in the Classrooms
In addition to the opportunities described above, each year some classes perform their own plays, sing and incorporate music into their lessons, study dance forms from around the world, create sculptures and dioramas, etc.