Art and Music Nights
Artistic expression and music are integral parts of the overall curriculum from Kindergarten through 8th grade. One of the events at Park Day School that celebrates our arts and music program is "Music and Arts Night"–a combination of an "open studio" type art show, and a multiple stage performance of group and individual music performances. These events have drawn large audiences to campus on spring evenings for years.
Student-Produced One-Act Plays
Every year, our 7th and 8th grade students produce one-act plays, and perform them for a multiple-night run at Live Oak Theater in Berkeley. Students have the opportunity to be involved in any element of these performances, including writing, directing, costume and set development, directing, acting and stage management.
The Nature Building Zone
The Nature Building Zone is located in a tranquil spot on our beautiful grounds and is used by the bridge kindergarten through first grade students. Bounded by a border of tree stumps the Zone is home to a "library" of natural materials - bark, forked twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds and stones - selected from the clippings of our tended grounds and natural materials from nearby gardens. Children work collaboratively or alone to create sculptures with natural objects. They explore concepts of symmetry, gravity, and work with contrasting and complimentary textures, shapes and colors. They learn to respect one another's work and space, and also that all artistic endeavors need not be permanent. They have the freedom to create and recreate without the expectation of a finished product. Mandalas, shelters, cooking areas and "thrones" are some of the constructions that children spontaneously and recurrently create. All materials are shared, recycled through different designs, and eventually composted; we build from others' creations and leave our own for other student builders to admire, appreciate and reuse. The Zone provides a joyful and playful way for children to connect with others and the environment.