The art department strives for a challenging, creative program that provides each student with a solid foundation through the development of creative production, art criticism, and art history/culture. Students have access to a wide variety of media, technical resources and equipment. The art department has built its studio fine arts program to be in alignment with the school mission as well as the art department’s curriculum map. Creativity is nurtured as well as challenged. Creative processes, solutions, and concepts are emphasized. Steps are taken to ensure students understand the step-by-step process of art in order to achieve growth during the finishing process. The art program integrates some projects with the core curriculum. Art teachers work with classroom and subject area teachers during integrated projects and STEAM.
In the art program, students are exposed to a wide variety of media and techniques. These include painting, drawing, composition, color theory, types of perspective, art and design elements, and art principles. Students are provided with opportunities to explore digital art, two-dimensional and three dimensional media, mixed media, to write about art, and to learn about art from a historical and cultural perspective. Foundational skills and concepts are emphasized.
Our youngest learners are exposed to wide variety of art experiences based on art history examples, children’s books, art and design elements, developing sensory/play experiences, and art media.
Using award-winning children’s books and literature, master art history examples, and cross curricular academic and music integration, kindergarten through third grade students learn about painting, drawing, and mixed media through emulating the techniques of master artists. Students paint on canvas, explore watercolor pencils, and a wide variety of art media in order to fully explore artistic foundational techniques.
Fourth grade student produce sculptural self portraits based on cubism, ceramic animal boxes, and monochromatic cityscape canvas paintings are examples of fourth grade art projects. Developing the independent creative process with a growth mindset and exploring artist lives and and influences are also emphasized.
African, Non-Western, and folk art masks, interior architecture perspective drawing and pop art photo transfers are examples of fifth grade art projects. Design thinking, incorporating personal creative details, and comparing and contrasting art history examples are also emphasized.
Symbolic umbrella paintings, Bird’s eye city perspective drawings, realistic face modeling, pottery wheel, and Japanese inspired block printing on rice paper are examples of sixth grade art projects. Art history research, urban city planning, expanded drawing and clay work are some focus areas.
In seventh grade, students create narrative diorama chair sculptures, macro flower canvas paintings, portrait drawing, and digital self portraits are some examples of seventh grade art projects. Composition, mixed media/multi-media, Photoshop, graphite/drawing techniques, stop motion animation and writing about art are also included in this year.
The art program culminates in eight grade with self portraits, drawing challenges, DSLR photography, and video poems. Written artist statements, digital graphic design skills, video editing, contemporary art history and monument/steam design enhance the eighth grade art experience.