Visual Arts opens up children's perceptions 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 their lives.
The 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. 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.
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.
The Upper School visual arts curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore more in-depth art methods and materials for fostering individual creativity. Students create 2D and 3D artwork inspired by historical style, observation, experiences, imagination, emotions and beliefs. Studio art activities are planned to further develop skills of independent thinking, risk-taking, originality and aesthetic awareness. Course content often focuses on the interests of the students or connections with their study of other disciplines. Art elective courses provide young adults with choices to further their study of a specific art form. The program seeks to engage students in the creative process throughout the school community, thus strengthening a core understanding that the arts play a significant role in our culture.
The best educational choice on the South Shore for Pre-K through Grade 8 education.