At every turn, there is a lively engagement with the arts that adds sparkle and a sense of wonder to the Green Vale experience. The emphasis on cultivating arts appreciation is unusual at this level of education.
In collaboration with classroom teachers, the arts faculty is often called upon to enrich the curricular study of specific topics with the visual, theatrical and musical arts related to that subject. The inter-discplinary approach to learning benefits students in all grades and is made possible by the strong faculty -- they are working artists, musicians and art historians.
Students are exposed to a wide array of media and techniques in one of two large studios filled with natural light. The hands-on curriculum emphasizes the "making" of art with creative expression. Students also learn from trips made to many museums and galleries in the NYC area.
Singing and music classes start in early childhood. Starting in fourth grade, students are taught to play a musical instrument of their choice and later, they have opportunities to perform in the chorus, large concert ensembles and small chamber groups. Trips to concerts and musicals further enrich the student experience. Many students participate in NYSSMA and the Select Chorus has been awarded the highest honors by NYSSMA.
All students participate in theatrical productions on the Harris Theater stage. Their comedies and musicals entertain fellow students and family members, while building public speaking confidence for all and, in some cases, sparking a talent and passion that leads to Broadway!
In a well equipped woodworking studio, students in grades two through nine acquire the skills needed to design and build projects from jigsaw puzzles to model sailboats.