Designed to develop the student’s ability to approach creative experiences with self-confidence, the visual arts program in the Lower/Middle School introduces students to a broad assortment of media and techniques. Concepts are presented to make students more sensitive to the aesthetic qualities of their environment and to provide a rich source of experience upon which they can draw. Teachers work hard to maintain a balance between providing formal instruction and giving students opportunities for free, creative expression. A consistent approach to working in the studio, including the proper use of materials and instruction in specific techniques, ensures that all students gain a common frame of reference. All students work with paints, a wide range of drawing materials, found objects, clay, papier-mâché, and printmaking materials.