“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
– Oscar Wilde
At Lava Heights Academy, the fine arts are a venue for self- expression and self-exploration. We teach our students skills and techniques in theater, music, dance, and visual arts with the intent that our students will be able to explore and express themselves more deeply and more accurately. We tend to see that our students’ artistic progress is often paralled therapeutically; as our students become more expressive artistically, they become more open therapeutically; or perhaps we see they can express themselves artistically when they cannot express themselves in therapy.
The fine arts curriculum at Lava Heights includes classes, private lessons, and group collaborations across the four art content areas. Therapists may be present at private lessons to gain further insight into where our students are at as they explore and express themselves. While we provide our students with technical artistic training, our main focus is the development of the person through the arts, and we focus on three main objectives toward this end:
Expresssion – that our students are able to convey their inner ideas, thoughts, and feelings through the arts
Evaluation & Exploration – that our students can look at their means of expression and work towards clarifying what they hope to convey
Integration – that our students feel their expression has become unified and that they area ready to share it with others.