The Arts Department
Arts education is a vital part of both the French and International baccalaureate curricula. At the Lycée, Arts education is mandatory from 1st to 9th grade, and then optional starting in 10th grade.
Through the arts, students hone their social and civic skills while strengthening their sense of initiative and independence.The Arts influence the expression and communication of our emotions, perceptions and understanding of the world.
At the Lycée Français de Chicago, the 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.Throughout the years, Lycée students explore various artistic areas, including visual arts, music, dance and theater. From pre-school through twelfth grade, Lycée students discover the history of art and take part in both individual and group artistic projects, including opportunities organized in partnership with professional artists. Every year, the Lycée celebrates student artwork through art shows and exhibits.
VISUAL ARTS: Visual arts are taught in the primary school and in the middle school with an optional course available starting in tenth grade.
MUSIC: Music is taught from Pre-K to 9th grade. Instruction is in French.
THEATER: Theater is taught in 7th grade and an optional course is available starting in 8th grade. Instruction is in English.
DANCE: Dance is offered by the Lycée through a partnership with the Chicago-based Hubbard Street Dance studio. Instruction is in English. After-school dance classes are also offered to our youngest students by the company Lin Shook & Perceptual Motion.
HISTORY OF THE ARTS: History of the Arts is taught throughout all grade-levels. Through art history lessons, Lycée students build an awareness of world cultures and civilizations throughout the ages, revealing the meaning, beauty, diversity and universality of humanity.
ART OPTION IN GRADES 10 THROUGH 12
A 2-hour optional arts course is offered to all students in grades 10 through 12. These courses incorporate academic understandings of art in ways that support a student’s preparation for the baccalaureate exam.
Example lessons include: artistic tools and methods used from the Middle Ages through the 20thcentury; great painters throughout the ages; understanding the evolution of various popular artistic trends; and the historical chronology of different artistic eras.
EXTRACURRICULAR ARTS ACTIVITIES
From pre-K to 12th grade, students may also participate in many different visual arts programs as part of extracurricular activities offered by the Lycée. Students may register for the following activities: creation of animated films, interior design, art and creativity and ceramics. For more information, click here.
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.
SOIRÉE DES ARTS
The Soirée des Arts takes place during the school’s annual gala event held every spring. This wonderful evening includes dinner, dancing, and auctions with items donated by individuals as well as local, national and international companies. A collective work of student artwork inspired by the theme of the Soirée is exhibited and sold at the auction.
The 2014 "Hard Hats and High Heels" Soirée is themed in honor of the groundbreaking of our new campus taking place this spring. Inspired by this theme, the Soirée will feature grade-level art boxes of spaces designed and built by Lycée students in grades Kindergarten through 6.