The goals of the elementary Art program are to provide the opportunity for every child observe, reflect, and participate both in the art of their culture and the cultures of others. At all grade levels, the art program includes experiences designed to exercise and strengthen the student’s ability to perceive, appreciate, perform, and criticize. Students in grades 1,3 and 4 are instructed in Art one period per six-day cycle, with a period of 35 minutes for kindergarten. Grade 2 has art twice every six-day cycle. Provisions have been made for each student to be involved in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials, computer technology, and to gain some understanding of our visual heritage. Lessons include art history, aesthetics, art criticism, and production. This is known as disciplined based Art Education. We also follow Comprehensive Art education standards. The Art curriculum meets the T/E curriculum, as well as the national and state standards for the Arts. It follows a developmental k-12 sequence, and is integrated with the core curriculum.
The Devon Art Gallery is located between the Art room and the kindergarten classrooms. It is a space that is specially designed to display student art work. The displays rotate throughout the year, featuring either grade levels or individual classrooms. Be sure to visit the Gallery on your next visit to Devon.
Kindergarten art students will explore who they are within the context of their communities, and what art is to them. Students will begin to use higher order thinking skills while they perceive, evaluate, describe and talk about art. Students interact with their surroundings while questioning what art is to them.
First grade art students will be introduced to art from around the world. They will be asked to perceive, interpret, evaluate, and analyze art from their own perspectives. The children will be introduced to art works inspired by nature, art and cultural patterns, and the cultural diversities and resources of artists and artworks from around the world. First grade art students will be challenged with the question, “How does art from around the world affect my own life?”
In second grade, art students discover the origins of art. They study the art of the primitive artists through the age of exploration. The children learn that art from the past and their own art work communicate messages. The children perceive, evaluate, analyze, interpret and criticize art of the past, as well as reflect upon their own art. Children are challenged to identify works of art with a time period, and identify the period in which the art was created.
In third grade, art students compare Renaissance art with art that is occurring simultaneously in America . This extends their yearlong study of Native Americans and the Pennsylvania story. Children learn that art communicates ideas and reflects the environment, beliefs and adaptations of the artist and his/her time period. Third graders investigate, perceive, evaluate, interpret and explore the issues of change in art. They are challenged with the questions, “Who am I in my state and how is my state’s story told through art?”
In fourth grade, art students have an understanding that events shape our lives. They observe the theme of change in society and how change is reflected in art. Students see change starting with the western expansion to modern times through the eyes of the art world. Students search for conflict resolution in art when looking at events during this time. These events include the Civil War and the World Wars. The art of 18th century Europe, post war art, and modern art will be observed simultaneously. Students will be exposed to a reaction to social events with the goal of teaching that art reflects society. Students will be challenged with the question, “How does art reflect our society?”