Students in Kindergarten through Eighth grade attend Art classes. In the lower grades, the students are introduced to basic art techniques and ideas. A few of the techniques we explore during the school year are tempera and watercolor painting, coil and slab hand building techniques (in clay), paper collage and sculpture, paper-mache sculpture, and drawing. The upper grades review and expand their knowledge and skills on the same techniques.
They are expected to work more in-depth and relate the art activities to their own creativity, experiences, and ideas. Students should be able to convey ideas, feelings and emotions and hopefully sharpen their ability to analyze, critique and make informed judgments. The belief is that art is for all students and we try to adapt the classroom to the specific needs of the students and allow for discovery and creative problem solving. In the process, and the hope is to cultivate learners who are able to make positive contributions to society as they grow and develop.