The Arts Department

Arts education is a vital part of both the French and International baccalaureate curricula. At the Lycée, the art program aims to give each student the cultural and artistic education that is indispensable to human development.
Our Arts curriculum is delivered in accordance with the French Ministry for national education and aims to give each student an artistic and cultural education that is essential to their own development. Through the arts, students hone their social and civic skills while strengthening their sense of initiative and independence.
Throughout the years, Lycée students explore various artistic areas, including visual arts, music, dance and theater. From preschool to 12th grade, students complete both individual and collective art projects that are highlighted at numerous shows and exhibitions. They also have the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned artists through our Artist in Residence Program.

Courses With the Lycee Arts Department

VISUAL ARTS: Visual arts is a required art course in grades 1-6. Students in 8th and 9th grade can choose visual arts as one of their two required art courses. There is an optional visual arts course of study is available for both the French Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate programs. Instruction at all levels is in French. (Preschool students study visual art with their classroom teacher) (IB students are required to take Visual Arts in 10th grade)
MUSIC: Music is taught from Pre-K to 9th grade. Instruction is in French.
THEATER: Theater is one of the art course options in 8th and 9th grade. Instruction is in French.
DANCE: Dance is offered for one semester in 6th grade by the Lycée through a partnership with The Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Instruction is in English. 
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: The Lycée Français de Chicago regularly invites internationally-renowned artists to develop a partnership project with Lycée teachers and students. Past artists who have participated in our residency include Christian Boltanski, a French artist, Ery Camara, a Senegalese artist based in Mexico and the association "Périphériques architectes". Previous Artist in Residence exhibitions have been hosted at the Terra Museum of American Art, the Alliance Française and the Chicago Historical Society. Learn more about the 2014-15 project here.


From Pre-K to 12th grade, students may also participate in many different arts programs as part of extracurricular activities offered by the Lycée. For more information, click here.


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