Visual Arts open up a child’s perception of the world. Through expression and observation, they realize new dimensions of the human experience, gain an appreciation for conceptual thinking, and learn things about themselves.

The Visual Arts Program at Derby uses art tools, methods and materials to introduce students to the language of visual art. With focused application of mind, heart, eyes and hands, students explore 2D and 3D media. Our program strives to promote development in three key areas:
  • Skills and Technique
  • Observation and Imagination
  • Risk-taking and Self-expression
The ultimate goal of the program is to promote critical thinking and enable students to understand and value expressions of art throughout the world.

Visual Arts at a Glance

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  • Primary/Lower School Art >>

    The Primary/Lower School visual arts curriculum offers students a wide range of art experiences. Art tools, methods and materials introduce students to the language of visual art as students explore 2D and 3D through personal observation and imagination. Course content often follows the classroom curriculum, building on prior knowledge as skills and interests develop. Primary and Lower School children learn how art links us to cultural traditions and human history. Student enthusiasm drives a lively program that engages and challenges the young artist.
  • Middle School Art >>

    The Middle School visual arts curriculum fosters the understanding that art is a universal language and is understood throughout the world. Through the exploration of 2D and 3D media and processes, students develop abilities that encourage the expression of their ideas, feelings and actions through the arts. The program strives to promote skills of observation, imagination and critical thinking, with the goal of enabling students to understand and value expressions of art throughout their lives.
  • Upper School Art >>

    The Upper School visual arts program provides students with a variety of art elective courses for fostering individual creativity in 2D and 3D art forms. Studio activities are designed to encourage the further growth of artistic style and self-expression, technical skill development and design awareness. A broader, more sophisticated range of art materials, tools and processes is available. Course content focuses on the interests and concerns of the students, often subjects and themes relevant to their study of other disciplines. While engaging in the creative process, students are encouraged to apply their understanding of art concepts and vocabulary to the critical analysis of their work.
The best educational choice on the South Shore for Pre-K through Grade 8 education.