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Our Arts Philosophy

At Renaissance, our students express themselves in the present, acquire new skills for their future, and establish nourishing roots in the artistic past.  An equal emphasis on formal technique and personal expression prepares students to succeed in college and in the real world.  Renaissance provides many opportunities for students to grow in a small arts-focused community that is rigorous and challenging, but also accepting and diverse.

Renaissance develops students' artistic habits of mind in all of our arts disciplines:

Develop Craft

Learning to use artistic conventions and to use and care for tools, equipment, materials, and space 

Engage & Persist

Learning to embrace problems of relevance within the art world and/or of personal importance, to develop focus conducive to working and persevering at tasks.


Learning to picture mentally what cannot be directly observed, and imagine possible next steps in creating.


Learning to create works that convey an idea, a feeling, or a personal meaning.


Learning to attend to context more closely than ordinary “looking” or "hearing" requires, and thereby to see/hear things that otherwise might not be seen or heard.


Learning to think and talk with others about an aspect of one’s work or working process, and learning to judge one’s own work and working process and the work of others.

Stretch & Explore

Learning to reach beyond one’s capacities and to embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes.

Understand Community

Learning to interact as an artist with other artists and within the broader society.