Visual Arts

Brightly colored self-portraits, intricately drawn animals and shiny sculptures decorate the art classroom at Almaden Country Day School, where students get to discover their own creative gifts every day.

Our goal in the visual arts program at Almaden Country Day School is to help children explore their distinct creative talents, gain art knowledge (theory and history), build confidence, and apply their expressive skills in all aspects of their lives.

Two art specialists conduct classes in grades 1 - 8. All Elementary students attend art class twice weekly. The curriculum includes:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed media construction
  • Experiences with a wide range of media including pencil, pen, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, 3-D construction, clay and weaving

Students also learn about folk and multicultural art, important artists and artistic movements.

In the Middle School program, students can select from many exciting art electives including:

  • 2-D Art and Design
  • 3-D Art and Sculpture
  • Calligraphy and Design
  • Studio Art
  • Set Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Web Design
  • Yearbook

Each year, ACDS student artwork is selected for exhibitions in city and county art shows, and our students also routinely enter and win awards in local art contests.

And each spring, artwork from every child in the school is celebrated in our annual All School Student Exhibition and Talent Showcase (ASSETS), a popular event that showcases the remarkable gifts that emerge every year at ACDS as children are encouraged and supported in their creative journeys.


Elementary students doing art

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
— Scott Adams