Visual Arts


“The beauty of craftsmanship is that it has the capacity to engage each of us in activities that nurture our humanity, satisfy our need to express ourselves, and give us the opportunity to learn with our hands in ways that are not possible with our minds alone.” --- Jimmy Carter
 


“I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.” — William Coperthwaite








The Visual Arts program at McCarthy-Towne is an integral part of the school curriculum, contributing to the development of the whole child. Weekly classes celebrate the wisdom of the hands and nurture the development of an artistic attitude. Children are encouraged to discover their creative capacities, feel pride in craftsmanship, and make interdisciplinary connections in all aspects of learning. In the Visual Arts studio, the hand, the heart, and the head, work together as children manipulate tools and materials, express feelings and ideas, and critically think to solve artistic challenges. Studio habits of mind, such as envisioning, observing, reflecting and persisting are practiced throughout the art-making process. Students transform media into creative expressions during units of study that include sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, drawing, painting, printmaking, weaving and mixed media. 

The capacity to create and express ourselves through the arts is one of the central qualities that make us human. Art is uniquely a human language, spoken in all cultures, giving meaning to our lives. At McCarthy-Towne we believe that a child who is literate in the arts is a child eager and ready for a future in the 21st century.

Check out the Visual Arts website for more info.