The Country School Celebrates Youth Art Month

The Country School celebrated March’s Youth Art Month by completing a public art project on the sidewalk in front of the school. The project allowed all students to participate in creating a large-scale temporary art piece related to the school’s core values.

The Country School is an independent, coeducational day school for Kindergarten through eighth grade located in historic Easton, Maryland. Beginning with the first day of Kindergarten through the last day of eighth grade, The Country School teaches and instills nine ‘Country School Values’ to every student: honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, generosity, commitment, cooperation, fairness, and moral courage. They are the character goals that the students strive to achieve.

Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March, sponsored by The Council for Art Education, to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs.

Headmaster, Neil Mufson, said, “At The Country School art is a regular part of each student’s course of study. We have a strong general arts program – visual, music and theater – but we decided to recognize Youth Art Month with a visual project that would allow every student to participate using a non-traditional canvas. We felt that a public art project using sidewalk chalk to create a large artistic display of ‘The Country School Values’ would allow for an exciting art experience for our students and an educational opportunity that relates to our core beliefs.”

The project was complete after students participated in the artistic development of spelling out and enhancing artistically each of the ‘The Country School Values’ across 100 feet of sidewalk located directly in front of the school.

About The Country School
The Country School is an independent, coeducational, Kindergarten through eighth-grade school founded in 1934. Its mission and philosophy is to offer a challenging program in a nurturing environment with small classes, individual attention, and outstanding teachers as its hallmarks. A traditional, structured, responsive, and age-appropriate curriculum focuses on building basic skills and serves a range of student abilities within a family school context. The school strives to educate the whole child in an atmosphere that fosters high academic standards, instills a love of learning, and provides a solid foundation for future education. Enrichment in the arts, athletics, and co-curricular activities offers additional arenas for individual achievement and leadership. By emphasizing the importance of strong values and character, the faculty consistently reinforces responsible behavior, self-discipline, and positive attitudes. Working in concert, Country School teachers and parents help students develop confidence and competence and reach toward their highest potential. To learn more about The Country School, visit http://www.countryschool.org or contact Kim Balderson, director of admissions, at 410.822.1935, ext. 130 or kbalderson@countryschool.org.

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