PS 133 ARTS DEPARTMENT
The mission of the PS 133 Arts Department is to foster a supportive and collaborative environment where students learn to express themselves through the four arts disciplines- dance, drama, music and visual arts. Through participation in the arts, students gain skills including self-expression, communication, confidence, creativity, and empathy-skills that are essential to success in both school and life.
Our program provides all students with in-school arts classes, dedicated arts spaces, artistic residencies, arts based field trips, performance opportunities, and numerous after school arts programs.
Dance with Ms. Doherty
Dance provides the opportunity for students to learn 21st century skills including creativity, collaboration, social skills, and productivity. Pre-K will focus on personal space, body control, and locomotor/non-locomotor movement through creative dance. Lower grades will focus on creative dance as well as an intro to ballet technique, choreography and dance history. Upper grades will begin with an intro to dance covering creative movement concepts and then begin to focus on ballet and modern technique, Jazz and Hip Hop dance history, and choreography.
Drama with Ms. Davis
Drama class will be a time for your child to use their imagination and flex their creative muscles. Through participation in the theater, students build the life-skills referred to as the Five C’s; creativity, communication, collaboration, confidence, and compassion. Students develop community as they learn to work together as an ensemble, compassion as they portray diverse characters, and confidence as they learn new skills to creatively express their feelings and ideas. Units of study include the Actor’s Toolbox, pantomime, puppetry, musical theater, playwriting, storytelling, theatrical design, play production and more.
Music with Ms. Hudson
Beginning in PreK, our students begin to learn music through song, percussion instruments and movement. From Kindergarten through second grade, students play piano and develop keyboarding skills through music concepts, ear training, practice and performance. By the third grade, students learn to play the recorder which emphasizes musical concepts, technique and music history. Our fourth and fifth graders learn the joys of being in a Modern Band through singing, and playing the piano, drums, ukulele and guitar.
Studio in a School With Mr. Noel and Ms. Johnson
Students discover they can express themselves in new ways through manipulating art materials. They find new solutions for artistic and intellectual challenges. As they learn to work independently and collaboratively in a new language, they often discover important insights about themselves.
Each student creates art that reflects his or her unique set of artistic skills and interests, engaging critical thinking as well as creativity. Students respond to a wide range of stimuli and themes and use memory, observation, and imagination to create art works that showcase their individuality.
Students learn how to create art – and so much more. They learn to use artists’ tools, hone their technical and expressive skills, and develop vocabulary to describe their intentions and explain their choices as they persevere and solve problems through a multi-step process. They learn to envision an idea and develop it. Making art gives students the confidence to further pursue their creativity.
See below for more information about our performing arts programming and residencies.
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Our arts residencies provide the opportunity for students and classroom teachers to collaborate with diverse New York City artists in the classroom. Residencies focus on engaging students in the artistic process more so than creating a final product or performance. Each residency culminates in a sharing of the work with the school community.
2019-2020 Artistic Residencies
PS133 Drama Department
Marquis Studio: Creative Dance
Creative Stages: Theater
4th and 5th Grade:
PS133 Players’ Annual Musical Productions
Each school year our Drama Department and Performing Arts Committee partner to bring the 133 community and our local neighbors an exciting and kid-friendly musical performance. Students experience the entire process of being part of such a production, from auditions and crew member interviews to getting headshots taken and building sets; from learning music and choreography to operating a spotlight and striking the set.
Timeline: Program begins with auditions and casting announcements in the late fall semester; weekly rehearsals at the start of spring semester and final performances in May.
Goals: To give upper-grade students the opportunity to experience the audition process, work with a professional music director and choreographer, learn to work effectively in a group setting, hone public-speaking and presentation skills, all through a fun and engaging age-appropriate theatrical production. Crew positions are also available for 5th graders with interviews in December.
Description: Children learn self-presentation skills, build self-confidence, learn dance and vocal skills and collaborate in order to perform a full musical.
The musical for Winter 2019-2020 was Kids Cabaret: Stage to Screen. Past shows include Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS!, The Jungle Book KIDS!, Broadway Bound and Seussical the Musical.
4th & 5th Grade: PS133 Players’ Spring Musical