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Art Programs for Children and Adults


In art classes children create with all kinds of natural and synthetic materials such as woods, papers, fabrics, paints, clay, plants, and various drawing tools in all the world of color. Young hands connect to their minds through direct contact with textures and techniques. Art opens up children’s imaginations to see and share their transformations. When the imagination finds expression in the real world, children experience peace during powerful learning experiences. Young minds live in mysteries which become gradually meaningful as art gives children new ways to express themselves. The excitement of creating something new and the inner peace which comes from artistic expression builds confidence.

Our school is not only a preschool and elementary school, it is also an art center. Art is a healing force that is too often overlooked and undervalued. An affirmation on the need for art in children’s lives, entitled “Twenty Reasons Why Art is Good for Kids,” is provided as an addendum to this handbook. We encourage all parents to read this affirmation. It was developed by the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, California and gives pointers on how to discuss your child’s art work with him/her once it is brought home.

Through our Art Center we offer art classes to our school community and the greater community of children and adults.

Art Curriculum for the Grades


Our curriculum is steeped in the arts and addresses each growing child through movement, speech, form drawing, handwork, dramatic arts, music, gardening, and finally in separate art classes as well. These separate art classes begin in second grade and continue through fifth. They are taught by various local artists as well as our own resident artists: Njeri McGillicuddy and Joanne Margalit.

Many basic skills are acquired during the art classes offered to the grades. In the second through fifth grade classrooms, art classes are integrated with therogress of the main lessons as much as possible, but are always meticulously age appropriate. Art lessons are enriched through a connection to the specific seasons, tasks and stories of the curriculum at hand. Each art class also offers the children creative activities that move forward their mastery over their own bodies in specific ways. Gross and fine motor skills are enhanced, observation skills are introduced, hand eye coordination is developed and many other skills are acquired while the children enjoy creating their unique masterpieces in the brilliant light of great artist’s works.

For instance, the mobiles of Calder or the mosaics of Bufano are first carefully studied and observed and then later used to provide the children with artistic guidance from which they first imitate, then create freely within each great artist’s medium. The children are thus slowly led from observation to imitation to free artistic expression.


At the same time, while enjoying and trusting their own creative impulses within each experience, the children learn basic skills such as:

Over the span of five years, the grades curriculum combined with the separate art classes are designed to nurture and further develop each child’s unique artistic sense and style. They will be familiar with the great works of art from diverse cultures and times and have a working knowledge of the technical language of art. They will also be comfortable and competent working with a wide range of artistic mediums. And lastly, they will gain a basic understanding of design and function and how the two can be merged to create beauty.

After School Art Classes for Children and Adults

The school’s Art Center also offers after school art classes for both children and adults.

Christmas Candle Adult Art Classes

Adult art classes are available upon request and can be tailored to your specific interests. Each session consists of six classes, one class a week. Class times are flexible and can be tailored to your work and family schedule. Adult art classes offered in the past include pottery, painting, knitting, and glass blowing. But we are capable of providing guidance in many more art mediums. You are only limited by your imagination! Please inquire with Njeri McGillicuddy, our own resident artist.

Hands On Art Program for Children

Our art classes for children are called the Hands On Arts Program. This is an exciting, one-of-a-kind art program offered after school and during school breaks. In these Hands On Art classes, students delve into a direct experience using many different artistic mediums and techniques. Freedom of expression is encouraged within each new experience. The Hands On Arts Program is ideal for children ages 3 to 15 years of age.

Activities offered in each session (typically once per week for six weeks after school or daily during school holidays) vary from week to week and may include:

Hands On Art class hours are as follows:



1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

One-hour class after school - Once a week for six weeks on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays

Two-hour classes are also available by combining 2 one-hour classes

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Holidays and school breaks - Daily Monday through Friday

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We also offer private group art classes. Please inquire with Njeri.

To register for either an adult or child art class, fill out our enrollment form and mail it in with your deposit. The form is provided as an addendum to this handbook and can also be downloaded from our website:

Please call (408) 255-5520 if you have any questions.