Children in the Lower School Art classes explore basic elements of art including line, shape, form, pattern, texture and color.
The main goals of the Art program at this level are for students to work with a variety of art media and to have ample opportunity to develop skills, craftsmanship and confidence through experimentation. There is a specific Art curriculum that is taught at each grade level.
Art is a very important means of communication for children in Lower School. Projects focus on extending classroom activities and exposing the students to materials which may not be available in their classrooms. The Art room also serves as a venue for introducing students to the broader world around them through books, Art History and multicultural projects. These Art classes work on projects designed to develop skills in drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, collage, and mixed media.
Although the process of making art is the primary concern in the Art classes, increasing emphasis is put on producing a well-crafted final product. Students are asked to be responsible for their assignments and to follow their work to completion. Activities are designed to promote the development of group cooperation as well as to establish productive independent work habits.
Tours of exhibits in the Arts Center Gallery, visits from artists, and visual aids enhance topics presented in class. All student artwork is returned to the student to take home by the end of each school year. Throughout the school year, student work is abundantly displayed in the Lower School halls and in the Arts Center Gallery for monthly exhibitions. In addition to formal exhibitions, intermediate level art work is digitally photographed and placed in individual portfolios.