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Our visual arts program develops our students’ talents and abilities at all levels. While they learn the fundamentals of art, explore the principles of design, and study the history of art, our visual artists learn to express themselves creatively.

Philosophy

The goal of the visual arts program is to guide our students not only on a journey of self discovery, but also through a journey of their external environment.  These two poles span the distance that all young artist must travel.  Between these two poles -- the internal and the external -- the young artist will develop the skills it takes to both see and think, and ultimately, to create.  We believe that art enhances our ability to think critically, since the very act of creativity depends on our own unique approach to solving problems of expression and representation.  As we discover, examine, and share our experiences in and through the arts, we sow the seeds of respect and understanding between all members of our diverse community.  

Create Character: Students are able to take risks in a safe environment.  Through their art making, they will have a better understanding of themself and more empathy for others. This self awareness and knowledge coupled with empathy help to create the character traits in our mission. 
 

Seek Knowledge: The arts foster a better understanding of oneself as well as a greater understanding of global community. Through the arts, many topics are explored; new techniques, ancient and contemporary art and artists, and cultures and traditions.

Build Community: Every Spring, the Art Department hosts the all school celebration Week of the Arts.  This week long event is truly one that builds community through the arts. On Day of the Arts, we hold two talent shows-one for our US students and one for our LS students. We host a lip-syncing contest for our MS students.  While our Upper and Middle School students are in art related workshops, our entire LS is participating in an Art Festival in the gym. In addition to Week of the Arts, we do outreach to greater community through art shows at the library and art displays at our local bookstore.  As a community, we create art together in our house program.  In 2019 we offered a interdisciplinary class titled tiny bus in partnership with the Math department. Family Art Night is offered to our K-5 students, cross age after school academy program within in the arts.

Week of the Arts

The first week of May is Week of the Arts at VMS, a time to showcase students’ work. The Common is transformed by student work and installation pieces around an overarching theme.Middle and Upper School students participate in  workshop taught by local and visiting artists as well as our own faculty.

Family Art Night

Family Art Night is a much loved tradition here at VMS.  As part of our mission to build community, we open up our art studios one night each semester and invite parents to join their child in an evening of creativity led by one of our visual art faculty. 

Wet Art Studio

Dry Art Studio

Week of the Arts

The first week of May is Week of the Arts at VMS, a time to showcase students’ work. The Common is transformed by student work and installation pieces around an overarching theme.  Last year our theme was “Mindfulness in the Arts.” The Common featured meditative sand trays, mandala coloring, and a paper waterfall complete with koi. The main event during this week is “Day of the Arts.” On this day, the entire school gets involved in the arts. There is a theater production in the evening as well as a talent show. Lower School students participate in an Arts Festival where faculty and parent volunteers run activity booths. Middle and Upper School students participate in  workshop taught by local and visiting artists as well as our own faculty.

Family Art Night

Family Art Night is a much loved tradition here at VMS.  As part of our mission to build community, we open up our art studios one night each semester and invite parents to join their child in an evening of creativity led by one of our visual art faculty.  Classes are offered at two times in order to accommodate all of our participants.  We typically see 70-80 participants for each event.