Arts + Technology

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The Art Department at Pilibos has focused its energy on developing a strong, creative, and enriching program for its students from Kindergarten to 12th grade.  All students are offered the opportunity to express themselves in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, design, sculpture, digital media, theater arts, photography, advertising, videography, and much more.

Every year, the Art Department aims to develop the art program to provide the necessary framework to help students develop new techniques, approaches, and perspectives to apply knowledge and skills in the arts.

Some of the classes offered are:


In 9th grade, students study art history to enhance their understanding of art, its rich history, its contributions and its lasting and transformational effects.  Through lectures, hands-on projects, and analysis the arts, students receive an in-depth understanding of genre, format, design, and style as it pertains to painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, furniture, and other decorative objects.


Designers and visual artists are responsible for much of the way the modern world looks, feels and sounds and as such, they are able to influence our experience of almost everything we buy, watch, or do in our lives.

This class introduces students to an exciting variety of different specializations and disciplines within the world of Art and Design, including Graphic Design, Film and Television Production, Advertising, Games Design, Product Design, Illustration, Photography and Transportation Design and allows students to experiment and experience each of them.


Media today ranges from conventional newspapers and television to social media, online news resources, blogs, photos, and advertising images we see every day. New technologies demand new ways of learning and processing information. As a result, we need to keep up with rapidly changing technologies, forums, and learning processes.

Students in the digital media class explore a variety of these newer forms of media through lessons in Adobe programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, social media sites, like Edmodo, and creating their own videos, artwork, advertising campaigns, product designs, and websites.  The class also works on designing and producing the Pilibos yearbook.


In the studio art class, students learn basic sketching, drawing, and painting skills. They learn to draw still life with pencil, charcoal, soft pastels, and acrylic paint.  Each technique builds on the former: the use of pencils leads to the use of charcoal, charcoal leads to soft pastels, and soft pastels introduces the students to the use of color, after which students begin to use acrylic paints.

Students study the historical and cultural contexts of art and famous artists' work of art in their lessons. And as they begin to master the techniques of using different brushes, strokes, techniques, and applications they begin to create their own compositions.


Elementary art classes focus on the fundamentals of art and design through fun and interactive lessons on color, shapes, textures, and layouts.  Students are introduced to these elements of art through lessons in art history, famous artists, and actual works of art.

Students use their acquired skills and creative imaginations to produce their own art pieces that is inspired by famous artists’ work. Ultimately, students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate their ideas and their stories.


Students in 10th grade obtain a framework that aids them in learning the characteristics of design by using a wide range of subject matter, symbols, meaningful images, and visual expressions. As students gain this knowledge and these skills, they gain an ability to apply these aspects in design.  Each class brings awareness and understanding of the importance of design in our everyday lives.


These days almost everybody has access to the tools necessary to take a photograph, whether it’s the camera on their smart phone or a small point and shoot digital camera, right up to a sophisticated single lens reflex camera, which can also shoot video and record sound.  But does that make us all photographers?

During this course, students study the history and development of photography from an innovative scientific process, through its recognition as an art form in its own right, to the mass-market activity it has become today.

Through a series of image presentations, group and individual projects, the class explores how students can use photography as a means of self-expression by studying and applying a wide variety of the medium’s core principles, themes, and objectives to their own way of seeing the world.


The students in 6th and 9th grade theater arts classes learn about the history of theater from ancient to modern times with an emphasis on the literature, the components (design, acting, play-writing, monologues, dialogues), and its relationship with its audience. They discover the world of theater by writing scripts, performing on stage, learning about the different stages and how they influence production, preparing puppets and puppet shows for the elementary students, and more.

End of Year Art Exhibit

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Elementary School

At Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School, the technology curriculum is designed to educate students in new and technologically advanced skills; encourage students to use these skills in all areas of learning; and enforce these skills every day to increase their productivity in all areas of their schoolwork. 

In elementary school, students learn:

  • The appropriate use of computer resources
  • Basic operation skills
  • Input/output devices
  • Keyboarding
  • Graphic application
  • Word processing
  • Appropriate online collaborative tools
  • Microsoft Suite Programs

Students also utilize various software programs in their computer and core curriculum classes throughout the year, such as:

  • Tynker
  • BrainPop
  • Khan Academy
  • And more…

In the Middle School

At Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School, the Middle School computer and technology curriculum aims to empower students with the necessary skills and competencies of the 21st century. New and innovative tools are used to help students collaborate, innovate, and create solutions to everyday problems.  In collaboration with both general and Armenian studies coursework, computers are utilized as tools to enhance and enrich the curriculum.

In conjunction with academic coursework, all students use word processing, spreadsheets, graphing, and presentation programs. Students develop research skills, organizational techniques, project management skills, and increase their accountability in their own work using the Internet and web 2.0 applications.

The technology labs and the library technology "bar" are used to enhane instruction in core curriculum classes as well. However; students need to follow the school’s Acceptable Use Policy anytime they utilize technology in and out of school.

Within a project-based environment, Middle School students experience an overview of varied computer applications.  Students gain experience with social responsibility, internet safety and research, information and media literacy, general computer skills, and an overview of: 

  • Acceptable Use Policy + Digital Citizenship
  • Microsoft Office Suites
  • Google Docs
  • E-mail and electronic communication etiquette 
  • Using online collaborative tools 
  • File Management
  • Digital Imaging/Photography
  • Web/Graphic Design
  • Programming
  • Video game design
  • Digital media
  • Animation