Visual and Performing Arts
Encouraging Creativity and Self-Expression
The Visual and Performing Arts Program at Stuart provides outstanding arts curriculum with an emphasis on essential skill building, design and process-based education using innovative technology, visual and performing art history, aesthetics, and critical thinking. We strongly believe the arts are vital as an essential academic experience for the achievement of human, social, and aesthetic growth.
The program embraces all learning styles, cultural intelligence, encouraging teamwork, creative problem solving, and fostering leadership skills at all grade levels.
Arts in Early Childhood
What makes art such a great teaching tool? Art engages children's senses in open-ended play and develops Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Sensori-Motor skills.
Arts in the Lower School
Children love art because it's fun and provides them with authentic self-expression: The freedom of choice, thought, and feeling. Art teaches important skills for living and develops young minds.
Arts in the Middle School
The US Secretary of Education recently published a report on "The Value Added Benefits of the Arts," in which he states, "Studies have shown that arts teaching and learning can increase student's cognitive and social development.
Arts in the Upper School
The arts have a unique ability to communicate the ideas and emotions of the human spirit. Connecting us to our history, our traditions, and our heritage, the arts have a beauty and power unique in our culture.
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Recently, all eighth grade classes completed a printmaking project that began with a morning spent outside to sketch the landscape around Stuart. The girls then carved their drawings into blocks of linoleum and created black and white prints using an etching printing press.
In the seventh grade music class, students learn basic guitar skills, including tuning and chord formation. Each student chooses a song to play and sing as her culminating activity for the trimester. On Monday morning, Aine, Tess, Eva, Ellie P, and Ellie E demonstrated their final songs for the Middle School.
Students in JK and Kindergarten had a wonderful day walking through the gardens of Grounds for Sculpture and learning about art. In our art program we are sharing ideas to open the minds of our students to become life learners, architects, scientists and artists.
First grade student Carina recently had a piece of art selected by Town Topics in their design contest for elementary students to create an "ad" for a local business