"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge"
- Albert Einstein
The Visual and Performing Arts Department is part of the educational community at De La Salle High School. Students in the department are instructed, loved and guided according to the Roman Catholic traditions of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The education provided by the department is rooted in a liberal arts tradition which prepares students for life after graduation and higher education. The department recognizes the diversity of learning styles and abilities among our students and provides for these in an atmosphere that is dedicated to developing creativity, confidence, self-discipline, cooperation, and a sense of both history and contemporary life through the various disciplines employed in the arts.
We believe the arts invite students to grow in awareness of their relationship to their surroundings and to one another. We believe the arts encompass both autonomy and teamwork. Students work on individual skills and contribute to the larger community. We believe the arts can give students a working knowledge of the tools, theories and techniques employed in many disciplines. This allows them to continue to develop their intellect and creativity in an ongoing manner from theory to practice. We believe the arts can help to create bridges between individuals and cultures. As students develop the aesthetic literacy the "world language of the arts" embodies they become more aware of the many commonalities of human existence.