Creative arts—visual arts, drama, dance, movement and music—are a vital part of Westland’s curriculum and are integrated into our studies whenever possible. Creative arts are also included as an important part of our studies of other cultures. The arts are valued as an important means of communication and self-expression through which children can express what they have learned.
Westland is fortunate to have a vintage hand-operated Vandercook letterpress with which our oldest students learn the art of printing and study the revolutionary invention of the printing press and its contribution to society. Working with a printing expert, they learn to set type, make plates for illustrations, and operate the press to create flyers, mastheads for the weekly bulletin, books, or stationery. As the children work together in meaningful and real-world tasks, they develop multiple skills and abilities.