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  • Art is Not an "Extra" at MVCDS

    An Integral Component of Education
An appreciation for the visual arts begins early at Maumee Valley with the Early Learning Center students expressing their creativity through painting and mixed media projects.

The art experience becomes more extensive in the Lower School with the students participating in drawing, painting, design, sculpture, printmaking, fiber arts, and paper-making. Art appreciation, art history, and aesthetics are incorporated into each grade level. Students study celebrated artists in their historical context. Hands-on creation, demonstrations, lectures, stories, discussions, and guest artists are a regular part of the classroom experience.

Middle School students delve into a full trimester of daily art instruction each school year. They explore formal elements of art and begin exploring increasingly more sophisticated concepts and wider varieties of media. Problem-solving skills are honed, and the use of art as a means of communication is emphasized.

The Visual Arts program culminates in a vibrant and multi-faceted experience for Upper School students. Goals of the Upper School art program include:
  • understanding the basic principles of color and design
  • creating successful works in both two and three dimensions
  • using excellent craftsmanship and technique
  • critiquing artwork using appropriate vocabulary
  • understanding various periods of art history and how they connect to the student's past and future
  • understanding the importance of recognizing artists from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and different genders
Some examples of Upper School art courses are Digital Arts Multimedia Production, History of Painting, Digital Photo, Advanced Color & Design, Advanced Placement 2D Design, Advanced Placement 3D Design, 2D Painting & Drawing I/II/III, 3D Modeling, and Sculpture & Ceramics.
Fine Arts have been at the core of an MVCDS education since the school's founding in 1884. Providing unparalleled opportunities for individual self-expression and creativity, the Fine Arts curriculum recognizes and nurtures the unique "voice" within every child. At Maumee Valley, students are immersed in the arts through experience.

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  • Your Educational Journey Begins Today

    Welcome to Maumee Valley
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Maumee Valley Country Day School is the only Preschool - 12th grade accredited, co-educational, independent school in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.