The arts play an important role in the whole-education approach at Villa Maria. Here, in a smaller, more inclusive arts environments, our students are able to participate, take risks, and express themselves as never before, through a variety of arts forms, including music, theater and the visual arts.
Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” To that end, Villa Maria seeks to help students develop a lifelong appreciation of the visual arts, through a study of art history as well as exploration and experimentation in a variety of art media and techniques – including painting, sketching, collage, ceramics and more. We are proud of our artists (and they are proud of themselves), as their many wonderful creations are displayed throughout our school for all to see.
Music is a universal language, a bridge between verbal and non-verbal expression. Music education promotes self-discipline, higher order thinking skills, and perceptual motor development. Villa Maria believes all students can learn to perform and appreciate music, as we provide a wide range of musical experiences for students – from younger students learning new songs and how to keep the beat, to older students reading musical notations, playing instruments from keyboards to percussion. We also incorporate literature and music and expose the students to different styles/genres of music.