Celebrating life through the arts
Weizmann is extremely fortunate to have in-depth art instruction from Ellen Dinerman, a nationally known artist and sculptor.
Students in all grades work in a variety of media including printmaking, mosaic, collage, watercolor, figure drawing, ceramics, calligraphy, and weaving and textile art. Selected projects by grade level include:
Kindergarten and 1st: Color mixing; Introduction to weaving; Design Lines; artists Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollack, and Miriam Shapiro
2nd and 3rd: Van Gogh and expressive painting; Scratchboard; Woven pillows; Constructing a sukkah
4th and 5th: Styrofoam printing; Stitchery/applique pillows; Drawing from life; Architecture with recycled materials
Middle School: Printing with lino cuts; Mosaics; Designing a seed package; Ceramic seder plates
They learn about classical and contemporary art and the "featured artists of the year" through hands-on activities, workshops, and exhibitions.
Our students' artwork has garnered a number of awards and is regularly on display at local art centers, bookstores, restaurants, regional art shows, and at the annual Weizmann Art Show.
Starting in kindergarten with James Duran, students participate in ongoing music workshops, classes in music appreciation, concerts, and plays. Using voice, percussion, pianos, recorders, and bells, all Weizmann students explore the basics of rhythm, pitch, harmony, musical notation and ensemble performance.
Grades focus on specific areas, such as:
Kindergarten and 1st: Recognizing and performing basic rhythms with a variety of instruments; Using motor skills for instruments and transitioning movement to song; Performance technique
2nd-5th: Reading a variety of rhythms and learning staff notation; Performance technique, singing properly, and basic vocal harmonies; Introducing a variety of instruments and practicing percussion skills
Middle School: Understanding music notation, reading scores, and beginning composition; Learning a variety of music genres and analyzing themes and arrangements; Performance technique; Variety of instrumentation
The annual Daniel Pearl Music Day Concert, Thanksgiving Concert, and Spring Concert help each student develop confidence, poise and concentration. An upper-elementary Student Ensemble provides still more opportunities to practice and perform.
Weizmann's Middle Schoolers also perform in the annual Shakespeare play under the direction of alumni parent Ben Donenberg, head of the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, and alumna Weizmann parent Adriana Roze.