"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him." - John F. Kennedy

At a time in our nation's history when schools around the country are cutting arts programs, GCDS continues to "set the artist free." As a result, our students explore and interact with their world in unique and different ways.

Through the self-portrait project, students in kindergarten through grade 3 have the opportunity to explore what makes them special through how they use shapes, colors, and design. They learn about how artists show who they are realistically, through symbolism, and in more abstract ways. Creating self-portraits encourages them to look at their world more attentively ("Does this color match my hair?") and think more imaginatively ("What background would help show who I am?"). The project is a wonderful way to engage students in the big idea of identity and self. In the end, they are richer for the experience.

Enjoy this window into art in the Lower School!

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School