artResearch clearly shows a definitive association between Visual Arts education and overall success at school and work, as well as greater health and happiness. Led by NBPTS National Certification-accredited teacher Eric "Flem" Fleming, the goal of the Visual Arts program at NOVA is simple but profound: for students to expand their understanding human thought and emotion so they can better know themselves and deepen their compassion for others.

NOVA helps students learn to use visual arts as a means of expression, communication, and understanding. At the same time, students acquire the skills needed to create what they imagine and employ tools and materials that real artists use. 

All students at NOVA participate in Visual Arts classes. Beyond the use of tools and materials, students develop their ability to formulate ideas, creatively solve problems, and develop their motor skills.

The Visual Arts curriculum also uses the study of art history to expand student understanding of social history and culture.