Eaton & the Arts
John Eaton has a long and proud history of strong arts education, both through our music and art resource teachers and through our enrichment program. We foster this love of arts throughout an Eaton student's experience. We showcase these budding talents each spring in our Eaton musical, a rite of passage for many Eaton fourth and fifth graders and a chance for them to share their artistic and musical talents.
The Art Program at John Eaton is fully funded by the Home and School Association and follows the DCPS Visual Arts Standards. Students learn what art is and how it is interpreted throughout the world through hands-on projects. These projects help students explore different art concepts and techniques, with a strong emphasis on learning the fundamentals of art, while allowing them to learn about and experience a variety of media. Students in grades 1-5 learn about the Elements of Art and the Principles of Art. They also learn how to analyze and critique works of art including their own.
As a world cultures catalyst school students also explore art from their country of study. The art program also works closely with classroom teachers on special projects creating a cross-curriculum experience.
Music is everywhere at Eaton, from the pre-kindergarten morning meetings to the Friday morning office music jams, but it is especially alive in the classrooms of our two music teachers.
We are excited to announce our music programming for grades 4 and 5, Two Paths, One Great Program! During the first weeks of school your child is given the opportunity to learn about two music options for the school year. Mr. Brown's class, features an instrumental music program that offers the study of string instruments and wind instruments for our fourth and fifth graders. Ms. Mistry's class, features a vocal music program that explores the sounds of music from many lands through singing and accompanying Orff instruments (percussion instruments including xylophones and drums). This approach enables students to receive a deeper understanding of either the vocal or instrumental approach to music, and allow them to make significant progress by the end of the year. Click the links below to learn more about the individual programs.