LFCDS Fine Arts Department Philosophy Statement
Education in the arts is an inseparable part of the education of the whole child. The growing brains of our children need to be nurtured on a daily basis through a carefully designed sequence of learning experiences in music, visual art, and drama. Guided through these experiences by trained professionals, children learn to express and interpret ideas through observation and analysis of these art forms. Furthermore, they learn creative modes of problem solving and in so doing develop an array of expressive, analytical, and developmental tools which can be applied to every human situation. In addition, children learn to respect and adapt to others’ ways of thinking, working, and expressing themselves, offering them a broader perspective. Students understand the influences of the arts in their power to create and reflect cultures, both past and present, thus enabling them to make informed judgments about cultural products and issues. Students also develop attributes such as self-discipline, perseverance and collaborative skills, which, while necessary to the arts, are also useful in the larger world. Finally, through experiences in the arts, children develop their capacities in ways that stimulate their imaginations, bring them happiness and a sense of well-being, and cause a feeling of personal fulfillment that they will always cherish and seek to renew through a lifetime of involvement in the arts.