Students in the arts at Rocky Hill are actively engaged in the creative process. While we focus on developing strong foundation skills in Music, Chorus, Drama, and the Visual Arts, we also encourage students to experiment in their work and achieve a higher level of personal expression. Taking risks, of course, means making mistakes, but when you are sensitive to a child’s level of skill, you can play a crucial role in helping him or her achieve rewarding goals.
It is hard to know when or where a particular individual’s artistic passion will catch fire. That’s one reason we maintain small classes in the arts at Rocky Hill. Our teachers are able to focus carefully on each student’s personal progress. Members of our arts faculty are practicing artists, so they are able to demonstrate personally the value of taking risks. Students who never thought they were artistic discover they are at Rocky Hill. By engaging in the creative process—and watching their peers and teachers do this every day—students learn to appreciate how difficult it is to produce art. Ultimately, through the struggle to overcome that challenge, our students develop invaluable work habits: self-control, discipline, and patience.
Ceramics teacher Mike Chatterley demonstrates how to make a vase. (Video credit: Teddy Haddow ’15/The Hill)