Lancaster Country Day School’s visual arts program offers a variety of courses. Our focus is on the development of skills and arts appreciation as students advance to higher levels of analytical/creative thinking and conceptual processing.
Because our visual arts classes are studio classes, students are expected to become increasingly independent and self-motivated. In addition to studio techniques and conceptual development, students are introduced to the language of the arts through critiques and the study of individual artists and art historical periods.
For Upper School students to progress from entry-level courses to higher level art courses, they must demonstrate a consistent and focused work ethic.
In Lower School, students learn to express their creativity and imagination. Each student has the opportunity to experiment and refine their skills with a variety of materials and processes. In addition to teaching the elements and principles of art, we also put a high value on the instruction of art history and art from other cultures. The lessons connect to other areas of study, such as history, math, literature and science.
Art students regularly display their work throughout the school. Students are also regularly invited to show at area galleries and participate annually in the national Scholastic Arts Awards Show and the local Lancaster Young Artists Show. Professional artists are invited to do classroom demonstrations or multi-day residencies and to display their work in the school.