Arts & Enrichment Committee

arts-logoAbout the Arts at Runnymede

The arts are celebrated at Runnymede, and your child will experience all that an arts education can provide.  They will learn to participate in and appreciate music, drama and the visual arts.  If you would like to help with arts programming, please email the Arts Committee.


Kindergarten Spring Gallery Walk & Grade 3 Photo Exhibit and Silent Auction

Please join us in welcoming spring by celebrating a snapshot of Runnymede’s creative achievements!

My Invitation (2)The Kindergarten Spring Gallery Walk & Grade 3 Photo Exhibit and Silent Auction will take place April 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26.

Maison Fou Brasserie | 6:30-8:30pm

Unwind with a cocktail. Peruse the gallery. Bid on photography.  Be inspired by spring!

Free admission, cash bar.

You are welcome to bring your little artists – they will be excited to see their work showcased!

Please check the chart below for when your child’s art will be on display.

Tuesday April 18 Mrs. Visconti
Mme. Martin-Tomlinson
Wednesday April 19 Ms. Maddison
Ms. Ukwuoma
Monday April 24 Ms. Zaharia
Ms. Afonso
Ms. Bazos
Ms. Colonna
Tuesday April 25 Ms. Bunting
Mme. Kling
Ms. Karadimas
Wednesday April 26 Mme. Dart
Mme. Jardine
Mme. Enrico

Brought to you by the Arts & Enrichment Committee, Runnymede Parent Council.


January 2017 Update:

visiting-artist
Mme Jardine’s Class Enjoys Art In Action

Art in Action visited JK/SK classrooms where students were inspired by legendary Canadian artist Ted Harrison who made his home in the Yukon.

His love of the Canadian North is reflected in his iconic style of horizontal sections made up of brilliant colours.

Students also learned about the meaning, symbolism, and use of Inukshuks and worked with a wide variety of chaltek pastels, acrylic paint and collage materials to create their own great works of art in the style of Ted Harrison.

We are so fortunate to have The Arts Enrichment Program in our class this afternoon which is funded by the generous donations of Runnymede parents. MERCI BEAUCOUP! 😀 nous sommes des vrais artistes!! 🎨

~ Mme Jardine & Mme McBride

The FDK Arts Enrichment program is funded by Parent Council through your generous direct donations and organized primarily by the Arts Committee parent volunteers.


The following is a brief overview of the arts program at Runnymede.

  • The music and drama programs go above and beyond what is required by the Ministry of Education in the Arts Curriculum for Grades 1 – 8.
  • We have two full-time music teachers, a full-time drama teacher, and a full-time visual arts teacher.
  • In Kindergarten, all the arts are taught by the classroom teachers.   There are two vocal music concerts held per year – once around the holiday season and once in the spring.   Concerts are traditionally held during the day.
  • In Grades 1 – 3, students receive 1.5 periods of music per five-day cycle.   These lessons are taught by the three music and drama teachers and may also include some drama instruction.
  • Students may also participate in the Primary Choir.  Rehearsals for the choir are held during the school day and are lead by classroom teachers who volunteer their time.  Look for permission slips to come home in the fall!
  • In the Primary grades, visual arts are incorporated into the regular curriculum, taught by the classroom teachers.
  • In Grade 3, all students learn to play the recorder.
  • In Grade 4 students are introduced to string and band instruments and drama.   They receive two periods of instruction per five-day cycle, moving through each area where they are exposed to as much information as possible.   Sometime in late winter, they are asked to choose which discipline they would like to continue for the remainder of their time at Runnymede.    Students, parents and teachers are all involved in this decision.    For the remainder of the school year, they are placed in one of the three streams and this stream continues until the end of Grade 8.
  • There are numerous extra-curricular activities that the students may participate in from Grades 4 – 8, including Music Night, Kiwanis Music Festival and the Drama Showcase.
  • Visual art instruction begins in Grade 7 and is taught by a dedicated visual arts teacher.
  • Concerts are held twice a year, around the holiday season and late spring.   These concerts are currently held in the large gymnasium at the beginning of the school day.

Grade 3 Photographic Art

For last year’s Primary Art Enrichment Program, the grade 3 students participated in a photography workshop lead by Janeen Brownrigg of Lello Art School.  The students photographed interior structure, exterior structure, everyday school objects and historical artifacts from our school archives.  One photo by each student was selected for the collage board for their classroom.  There are 6 collages in total (split classes of Mme Martins-Tomlinson and Mme Enrico’s are together on one board).  Parent volunteers printed photographs, purchased materials, laid the photographs and poured the resin overlay.  THANKS VOLUNTEERS!

The theme of the art collection is ‘100 Years of Runnymede School‘.  Please take a look at their incredible art below:


For more information on art curriculum  for Grades 1 – 8, visit the Ontario Ministry of Education website.

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