The great writer of children’s stories, J.M. Barrie, believed that a child essentially remains the same person throughout his or her life, passing from one room to another, so to speak, but all in the same house. “If we unlock the rooms of the far past,” he said, “we can see ourselves, busily occupied in beginning to become you and me.” At Viewpoint School this notion of a student being actively engaged in the creative process of becoming his or her own person is both encouraged and nurtured, and, we know that such engagement must be accompanied by a vital and well established program in the Arts. From Kindergarten through Grade 12 we believe that a strong artistic foundation is an essential part of a liberal arts education and that it must be pursued with a commitment to excellence. The study of the Arts at Viewpoint is not a luxury; it is a necessity.In all four of our school divisions, we offer diverse opportunities for artistic engagement because we believe that the Arts belong to everybody at all levels of expertise. Many of our students are here because they desire a strong academic program while pursuing an Arts oriented career, and for them we are committed to providing the education and experience necessary to progress both to university and professional study. For students who are not exclusively seeking a career in the Arts, we offer varied and engaging opportunities for artistic study to allow them to discover new talents and passions with the hope that they will continue to make connections between the Arts and other disciplines through all aspects of their education. We guide our students to grow as young artists and fine human beings and it is our hope that they will become better cultured adults for having crossed our paths.
Picasso said that “all young people are artists. The problem is how they remain artists when they grow up.” The Arts faculty at Viewpoint is comprised of teachers who are both inspiring educators and fine artists. We are dedicated to helping students find that personal voice and uniqueness of perspective which will continue to define them as people, and in so doing, keep their childhood rooms “unlocked” throughout their creative lives. Viewpoint School is the winner of the BRAVO Award in 2005 from the Music Center of Los Angeles County recognizing the School’s outstanding programs in the fine and performing arts.