Bringing Iconography, Drama, and Music to Good Shepherd’s Students

Posted on August 26, 2019

Good Shepherd School is excited to announce its new Fine Arts Program for the 2019-2020 school year.

This program—which rounds out Good Shepherd’s classical curriculum—was made possible by an anonymous gift from a husband and wife who moved to Western Loudoun County just three years ago.

Devotees of music and literature, they have built a beautiful home library that celebrates the Western Canon and brings to life the words of influential British educator Matthew Arnold: “A liberal education is the best of what has been thought and said.”

As children, they too attended Catholic schools, which sparked at an early age their lifelong love of learning, as well as their appreciation for truth, beauty, and goodness. Now, with retirement approaching, that appreciation has evolved into a commitment to help future generations of Americans. Simply put, they want the young people of Western Loudoun to benefit from a curriculum which includes not only literature, history, mathematics, Latin, grammar, and other components of a classical education, but also the fine arts. The path their own lives took instilled in them a belief that it is through an appreciation of the fine arts where all people—young and old—recognize the fullness and joy of the human experience.

To this end, Good Shepherd School is delighted to announce the launch of a new Fine Arts Program to benefit students. This fall, the school will offer:

  • An iconography class for middle school students, taught by renowned iconographer Colette Kalvesmaki.
  • Drama and music classes for second to eighth grade students, taught by Hope Hargadon, a professionally trained singer and actor, with a special talent for working with children.

“Good Shepherd School’s new fine arts curriculum takes our classical education program to the next level,” said Head of School Kimberly Begg. “We are incredibly grateful to our new neighbors for bringing greater beauty, joy, and fulfillment into our students’ lives.”

In presenting their gift, this loving couple said, “We are inspired by the 19 th Century English art critic John Ruskin, who wrote, ‘Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.’ It’s an honor to be a part of the formation of the young people of Western Loudoun in such an essential way.”