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Walnut Creek City - Shadelands Campus, Arts Education Classes-Workshops Information

111 North Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

(925) 943-5842


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Fine Arts Preschool is a developmental early childhood program using an integrated curriculum of visual art, music, movement, and dramatic activities as a base for meaningful, experiential and creative learning. The program provides a safe, nurturing environment that promotes the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of each child.
* To enhance a positive self-image, a sense of self-worth and self-direction.
* To provide appropriate learning experiences through play and the integration of arts through a balance of teacher directed and self-directed activities that will contribute to the needs of children in all areas of development: socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively.
*To provide meaningful experiences for the children as a basis for developing learning skills and concepts.
*To recognize every child as being "unique", valuing their emerging ideas and individual efforts, along with their need to learn, explore and discover at their own pace.
*To facilitate learning in an environment in which children are free to learn through concrete experiences and take responsibility for their own choices.
*To foster responsibility, respect, empathy, and care for the environment.
*To value the diversity of the community we serve and maintain open communication and understanding with the families in our community.
Ours is a sequential age-appropriate curriculum using the visual arts, music, movement, and dramatic activities to develop creativity. For example, within our visual art curriculum we will use glazed clay, painting, drawing, building, and assembling to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, in addition to shape and color recognition. Moving to music and inventing dances, counting out the number of beats, and listing to patterns encourage listening and early number recognition skills. Animated story time, creative dramatics, and puppets promote imagination, language, and social skills. Children are exposed to a wide variety of resource materials for art, drama, movement, and music."
Excerpted from the preschool's website