Visual Art


The Lower School’s art program provides experiences in a variety of media designed to introduce the children to the visual language of art. Studio art classes offer a unique learning environment where analytical and intuitive abilities can be developed. Beginning in Kindergarten, children study art concepts through instruction in painting, sculpture, drawing, collage and printmaking. Children are introduced to many materials, including watercolor, tempera, acrylic, clay, pastel, ink, papier-mâché and mixed media. Each year, new techniques are introduced and prior skills are strengthened.

Our children also learn about art and culture through projects integrated with their academic curriculum. Trips to museums and instruction in art history further enrich the children’s appreciation and understanding of art. This study also provides motivation for work created in the art studio. Children are encouraged to work from observation and imagination at all grade levels. Our beautiful campus provides the perfect environment for work based on the study of nature. Student work in all media is exhibited throughout the school for the children to admire and learn from.  In addition the students often work on collaborative projects such as  murals, large collages and three- dimensional projects. 


Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community



Lower School
1 Spaulding Lane
Bronx, NY 10471
LS: (718) 549-7780

Middle/Upper School
5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471
MS/US: (718) 549-8810

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