Visual Art Program
The mission of the RCDS art program is to foster creative expression, build self-confidence, strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills, develop the imagination and visual literacy, and guide our students to become flexible thinkers and life-long learners.
In art class, students are introduced to a wide variety of methods and materials including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, and ceramics. Process is more important than product as evidenced by the imaginative outcomes. The RCDS Art department faculty regularly develops supplementary curricula to provide unique opportunities for yearlong cooperative cross-curricular units of study, four of which have been supported in recent years by arts education grants from the Arts Council of Rockland. The Art department also regularly enters student artwork in locally sponsored exhibits. Participation in Original Works and KidsArt Inc. programs give families the opportunity to have their child’s artwork professionally reproduced. Cooperatively-made student art projects are generated for auction at an annual School event and an all-school bi-annual “Kite Day” and annual Spring Art Show take place on campus. Each of these activities and events boost student motivation, creativity, and self-esteem.