The Alamo arts program is a vital component for creating an equitable environment for all students. Through the arts, students can choose opportunities to discover and develop their unique interests and strengths. The art program at Alamo provides the framework that allows students to grow, thrive, and feel motivated in their learning every day. Some of our enriching art programs include: choral music program, creative movement and dance, Shakespeare drama, ceramics and visual arts. See this year’s schedule here.
Kat Sena - Choral Music
Alamo is one of a few elementary schools in San Francisco that offers a strong vocal music program. Through this program, students learn musicianship with their voices. They learn about pitch, melody, rhythm, expression, and composing. They also learn performance skills by participating in special concerts for Alamo School and the community. A wonderful benefit of the music program is that students experience the joy of singing together and sharing songs from many countries and cultures.
The Alamo Friendship Chorus was founded in 1996 and is led by Kat Sena. It is open to students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, with each member applying and auditioning to join. They perform for the Alamo community, as well as hospitals, and community centers to spread the spirit of music. The Chorus meets at 8:00 a.m. several days during the week. For more information about chorus during the 2011 – 2012 school year, read more here.
Deborah Hoch - Ceramics
Alamo ceramics artist-in-residence Deborah Hoch is a working mixed-media sculptor with a strong focus in ceramics. Since graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1986, she has exhibited throughout California and taught adults and children in numerous Bay Area arts institutions, including the San Francisco public schools. The ceramics curriculum at Alamo focuses on hands-on, experiential learning. Projects for Kindergarten through 3rd grade are designed to gradually build skills and lead to a deeper understanding of this tactile, earthy material and it’s myriad creative possibilities
“As a lifelong artist and a teacher since 1990, I know the value of creative expression for people of all ages. For kids in particular, exploration and mastery of new skills and materials builds self-esteem, improves fine motor skills and helps develop a child’s sense of who they are in relation to the world around them. Starting a creative life young gives a child the tools and curiosity that will serve them for a lifetime.”
Corrine Nagata - Dance
Ms. Corrine Nagata’s role as a teacher and contributor to the world renowned Alvin Ailey American School of Dance, The National Dance Institute with Jacques D’Amboise’s and the Dance Theater of Harlem has prepared her well for teaching all forms of dance and at all levels to a wide variety of students. Whether teaching master classes at Stanford University, School of the Arts (S.O.T.A) or beginner’s classes at The Children’s Dance Institute in Idaho or at Public School 241 in Harlem, Ms. Nagata’s skill, insight and professionalism have been highly praised at every level. She is a current member of the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee and is on faculty at LINES Ballet’s Bachelors of Fine Art Program and A.C.T’s Masters Degree Program. Her dance program, NAGATA Dance, services nearly a dozen public and private schools in San Francisco teaching over 400 students weekly.