Creativity flourishes at GSL, and students are given a variety of avenues for artistic development through classes in art, music, and theatre. Individual artistic expression is valued and supported by the entire staff and student body, and we are proud to serve an exceedingly creative school community.
Student artwork adorns the halls of GSL year-round! In Lower School, SK, 1st and 4th grade students have art classes every week with instructor and artist Carol Buchman, while 2nd and 3rd grade students are instructed by local artist Paula Greenberg. In Middle School, students work under the guidance of instructor and artist Diane Glueck.
Lower School music instructor Layne Wilson works with children in SK through 5th grade. In addition to studying musical theory and composition, students participate in two performances with their classmates every year. Every student who is interested is given the chance to sing as a group or have solo part. Annual GSL favorites include The Littlest Christmas Tree (SK), Squirm! (1st), Nuts! (2nd Grade), and December Around the World (3rd grade).
Our Performing Arts program supports diverse classes in the performing arts, in addition to two major Middle School stage productions each year. Taught by Performing Arts instructor Leslie Reddick, middle school students rotate each year through different areas of emphasis in the performing and creative arts, including oral interpretation; creative movement and dance; advertising; and presenting "senior" speeches as 8th graders. Classwork is designed to help students build their self-confidence, develop an appreciation for the performing arts, and refine their presentation skills. In the annual fall and spring Middle School productions, students audition for roles; create sets and costumes; and learn how to run sound and lights. Through it all, they are given the opportunity to showcase their talents and push their creativity to new heights.
The school supports a chapter of the International Thespian Society, for which inductions are held each spring. A Middle School Thespian Award is presented annually at graduation to a member of the graduating class for outstanding performance or technical support in the school productions. A Production Thespian Award is given after each production to an actress, actor, and techie for outstanding work and professionalism during the rehearsal and performance processes.