The visual art program is embedded in the life of the CRS community.

Art is celebrated as a making process, as a vehicle for self-expression, and as an aesthetic experience that enriches our spaces throughout the school.
Through the visual art program, students shape meaning into the learning they gain in other disciplines. As students gain knowledge and understanding within a thematic topic, the art program provides opportunities for them to explore that knowledge and authenticate it through artistic expression. Understanding Native American culture or early 20th century immigration can only be accomplished if students have opportunities to imagine that existence. CRS' approach to art education leaves behind any type of “how to” and puts the student in the “driver’s seat” of their education.
Students learn about art fundamentals - the building blocks of a visual art education and - the language of the visual art discipline. While Early Childhood students are encouraged to explore color mixing and make associations between color and subject matter, adolescent students may be challenged to engage in color mixing as a means of showing the play of light in their subject matter.
As educators in the Visual Art Department, we integrate opportunities for self-expression and the acquisition of artistic skills and knowledge through authentic, meaningful experiences. As we say in the art room, “If you don’t make it, it’s not really your art.”

Meet the Art Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Aaron Dana

    Aaron Dana 

    Art Teacher
  • Photo of Mary Oliveira

    Mary Oliveira 

    Art Teacher
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.

Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or 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, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.