Middle School Arts and Enrichment

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The arts and enrichment curriculum at Dunn Middle School is recognized for its unique blend of traditional and non-traditional offerings. Each day at DMS, students of all grade levels have the opportunity to receive instruction in visual and performing arts as well as more academic courses such as microbiology, creative writing and graphic design. Students have a wide spectrum of classes designed to expose them to a variety of passions, to build life skills, and to stretch their comfort zones.

 

Music, Art & Drama

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Music classes allow students to learn the basics of reading music, understanding rhythm, and developing skills on traditional band instruments as well as percussion and guitar. Art classes are varied in their approach, and include foundational art classes, sketching, watercolor, printmaking, sculpture, 3D arts, ceramics, jewelry making and photography. Drama is offered as a stand-alone course as well as being integrated into academic classes, equipping students with tools to develop their acting, personal, and public speaking skills. Classes include both improv and scripted productions.

Other Enrichment Experiences

Other enrichment experiences are designed to encourage students to develop their creative, moral, and interpersonal skills. Research shows that arts and enrichment education improves academic performance in math and language skills, creative problem-solving, and critical thinking.

Some of the enrichment classes offered at DMS include:

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  • cooking
  • ceramics
  • sewing or knitting
  • woodworking
  • drama 
  • photography 
  • gardening
  • videography
  • paper art
  • print design
  • bird watching 
  • kite design
  • landscape painting 
  • cartooning
  • puppetry
  • quilting
  • archery
  • chess
  • podcasting
  • coding
  • golf
  • childhood games
  • dance
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Children, like animals, use all their senses to discover the world.

Eudora Welty