The Visual Arts curriculum at Vermont Commons School is based on direct studio experience. In this program, students develop a visual grammar that inspires creative confidence and forms a template for a meaningful relationship with the arts. Instruction in the studio involves using a variety of media and materials. Students explore the fundamentals of perceptual and analytical drawing, traditional oil painting, mixed media, photography, and printmaking. Our current elective program also includes instruction in animation, through which students explore various mediums utilized in stop-motion productions. Original concepts that involve attentive, critical thinking are the basis for every project.
Through the theatrical branch of the Performing Arts curriculum students build confidence, empathy, collaboration skills and acting ability through improvisation and character development exercises, and ensemble-building techniques. We celebrate the universality of theatre and honor both the uniqueness of individual voices and the generous spirit of collective creative endeavors. Through the music portion of the Performing Arts curriculum students of all skill levels gain a deeper understanding of musical production and technique.