The “senior” class takes up studies of the Roman Empire, Middle Ages and Renaissance. Hearing biographies of such personalities as Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, and Shakespeare, the children experience the radical transformation of culture and consciousness represented by the events in these remarkable people’s lives. No less revolutionary are the changes happening in their own lives as they look toward adulthood.
The images and moods of these historical periods are explored artistically as the children are now proficient with various media and techniques. In class, they might create a model of a Roman arch bridge, draw versions of their own illustrated Book of Days, or design a Renaissance robe.
The capstone of the oldest class’ year is their senior play, which is anticipated by the community all year. Revealing their new maturity, the children’s own truest personalities begin to be recognized and appreciated as they leave Lilac Children’s Garden to go on to new beginnings.