Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Program is to provide an atmosphere that allows each child to develop self-confidence, to experiment, and to build a sense of autonomy through a journey of discovery and creativity.
The Visual Arts Curriculum provides students at every grade level the opportunity to explore concepts such as self-expression, personal identity, independent thinking, and creative problem solving, through an examination and application of varied media and the techniques of influential artists. A developmentally appropriate, continuous, and sequential study in the Visual Arts provides for a deeper understanding of cultures, community, and valuable self-reflection.

Opportunities for Every Child

Both Lower and Upper School Students visit the Art Room weekly.
During that time, the Visual Arts Department works to present every child with the opportunity to do the following:
  • Utilize current technologies in the creative process
  • Develop the ability to constructively analyze, interpret, and evaluate their own artistic choices and the work of peers
  • Expand upon their creative and critical thinking skills
  • Participate in meaningful group discussions and self-directed learning
  • Become aware of and appreciate the idea of verbal and nonverbal artistic communication
  • Strengthen their independent problem-solving skills and perseverance

Elements of Art and Principles of Design

Activities rooted in Elements of Art and Principles of Design reinforce art concepts.
Through drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, and other fundamental artistic processes, students learn to:
  • Make connections between art and other disciplines such as dance, theater, music, math, science and social studies
  • Develop fine and gross motor skills
  • Analyze and evaluate art using art vocabulary
  • Synthesize other skills, like reading and writing, to analyze each component of their arts education as well as their own personal growth
  • Compare art from different time periods and cultures
  • Appreciate a process-focused Art curriculum through open-ended projects
The program encompasses art history, art criticism, aesthetics, design, and production and draws its curriculum from a variety of sources including state and national guidelines, local cultural and museum offerings, and elements born out of ideals relevant and unique to JTD.

The ultimate mission of the JTD Visual Arts Program is to assist students in reaching their fullest creative potential in a supportive environment. The Visual Arts Department strives for student artists to develop self-confidence and a sense of pride as a result of their artistic education and accomplishments.

The Art DepARTment

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Robin Gleason

    Robin Gleason 

    Visual Arts Teacher
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  • Photo of Sarah Hossain

    Sarah Hossain 

    Visual Arts Teacher
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  • Photo of Lindsay Parker

    Lindsay Parker 

    Arts Chair/Visual Arts Teacher
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The John Thomas Dye School

11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811
The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.