•  Visual and Performing Arts 
    Visual Art         Music         Theater 
    Dr. Barbara Klemp
    District Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts and Family & Consumer Science
    973-457-2505 x2044 

    Why Visual and Performing Arts? Confidence. Collaboration.  Perseverance.  Creativity. Focus. Dedication. And so much more. The Arts are an integral part of life; they enrich our lives, enhance school & community spirit, and are a necessary component of a complete education. They help us to understand and be positive contributors to the world we live in.

     Why Visual and Performing Arts in Chatham? The Visual and Performing Arts programs in the SDOC synthesize principles of English Language Arts, History, Math, Science, and World Language while applying 21st Century skills (i.e., teamwork and collaboration) to create a valuable and memorable creative experience for learners.  Participation in the SDOC Arts programs also encourages students to experience physical and creative releases which assist in their overall wellness. 


    Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation. By studying Music as part of their curricular program, students have the opportunity to build their skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from new perspectives. The study of Music encourages self-discipline, patience, and diligence - traits that carry over to other intellectual pursuits and lead to effective study/communication/cognitive skills and work habits.  
    Scientific studies of the brain have mapped far more extensive neural connections in musicians than non-musicians. From a wellness perspective, listening to music can evoke emotion, and performing music the powerful personal experience of expressing emotion. 


    Visual Art

    Humans have expressed themselves through the creation of Visual Artwork since the dawn of civilization. An appreciation for Visual Art offers students a means for understanding other societies and cultures - in addition to our own. Learners develop the patience to pay attention, be observant, to plan ahead and follow through with plans, and to be an effective and efficient problem-solver while engaging in creative endeavors.  Students of Visual Art not only gain an appreciation for culture and history while expressing a personal view of their world, but also a personal creative release.



    Theater and Stagecraft

    Theater performance provides learners with opportunities to gain poise, self-confidence, and the ability to speak confidently in front of others.  In the rehearsal (re-hearing) process, students learn patience while they are waiting for their cues; they grow to be supportive when they have a small role, and grow to understand that they simply can't do it all alone when they have a larger role.  Actors learn to take their turn, cooperate, and to be positive contributors to behind-the-scenes technical support throughout the rehearsal and production processes.