At The Country School, creative arts education (visual, musical and performing) is a core of the educational experience for all students. The arts are a universal language that cross all disciplines, cultures, and histories. They provide a catalyst for student learning and problem solving. The arts express young peoples' interests, abilities, and emotions. Arts learning, and our signature STEAM program, are critical elements of The Country School experience.
Students educated in the arts learn to become critical thinkers and observers of their environment. They invent, reflect, and set standards for the quality of their artistic growth and development. They can articulate meaning in the works of art and performance they study, as well as in their own work. The collaborative, cooperative, and stimulating atmosphere of the art studio and music spaces provide the opportunity to develop teamwork and self-esteem, as we cultivate a positive, inclusive school culture.
STEM needs an A
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Science, technology, engineering and math: STEM is the curriculum for future generations, but it must include an A for the arts.
Without the arts we are robotic. Our future needs STEAM.
To illustrate, visual art is a language unto itself, its images processed much more quickly than written information. Specific colors evoke emotions; intense bright colors alert and awaken, while muted colors calm. Lines and shapes behave similarly: vertical and jagged lines enliven, while horizontal lines relax.
Think about shapes: circles are soft, while triangles are pointed. Shapes affect our perception. Often times visual art speaks to our subconscious and emotional self, which affects the marketing of a product.
Clearly, the arts drive innovation and creativity. Ideas are more easily sold through the use of the arts: a catchy song, a convincing argument, appealing images.
Moreso, the arts allow for collaboration. Google is hiring more people from arts and liberal arts backgrounds because these people tend, according to Google, to be better problem solvers and better on-the-job learners than straight STEM students.
STEM needs its A. Art is the glue that binds and maintains cultures/civility. Guillaume Apollinaire said that without art, the world would become chaos. Art is what makes us human.
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Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent school serving students in PreSchool-Grade 8. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child.