We see this every day as children at Valley School become excited and confident about artistic exploration. In our art studio and outdoor art spaces, students learn how to express ideas, communicate emotion, and interpret life experiences as they stretch their imaginations and follow a path of discovery and growth. Through art appreciation, hands-on production, and studio work, Valley School’s Visual Arts program encourages lifelong participation in the arts. Field trips, museum visits, virtual architecture tours, and meeting artists through our Visiting Artist Program demonstrate to our students how they can contribute as creative members of a society that values the fine arts.
Valley School’s Lower School Visual Arts curriculum fosters cognitive development, critical thinking, and fine motor skills. Studio sessions are active, tactile explorations in which students are fully engaged with the creative process. In addition to nurturing artistic skills, we guide children to become comfortable with creative expression and encourage them to use it in service of their overall health and wellbeing.
Relationships between nature and art are woven throughout the whole of Valley School’s Visual Arts curriculum. Children explore how the colors, textures, and forms of nature inspire art. While working in outdoor spaces, students learn to use their senses to become keen observers of our natural world and build connections between creativity and nature.