Students have a regularly scheduled art class with an art teacher once a week. The classes range from forty to fifty minutes in length. All levels of the program include experiences designed to exercise and strengthen the pupil's ability to perceive, appreciate, perform and criticize. Provisions have been made for each student to be involved with a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials and to gain understanding of our visual arts heritage. The activities are planned to promote the development of independent thinking and self-evaluation while introducing or reinforcing a media skill and an art concept. The art curriculum follows a developmental scope and sequence, and is discipline-based approach to art education. Lessons are designed with an integrative focus.
Kindergarten artists will explore who they are within the context of their communities and discover what art means to them. Students will begin to use higher order thinking skills while they perceive, evaluate, describe, and talk about art. Students will experiment with textures, mixing colors, cutting, gluing, and drawing through a variety of materials. We study artists like Marc Chagall, Van Gogh, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Picasso, Kandinsky, and many more!
First grade artists 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, cultural patterns, and artworks from around the world. We also look at how artists are inspired by each other. Students will see how Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh and many other Impressionist artists who were inspired by Japanese art. We will study Japanese artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige and traditions like Ikebana and the tea ceremony. Later in the year we will see how Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, and other modern artists used African masks and designs in their artwork. We will study African traditions like Adinkra printing, mask making, and compare bold patterns in villages to our murals in Philadelphia .
In second grade, art students discover the origins of art. They study the art of the primitive artists through the age of exploration. Students will learn that art from the past and their own art work communicates 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. We look at art from Prehistoric, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, Italy and Europe and compare them to modern time periods and artists. We also talk about artists like Henri Matisse, Patricia Renwick, Keith Haring, and Andy Goldsworthy, and Architecture. A highlight of the year is when second grade visits the Philadelphia Art Museum .
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 Pennsylvania history. Children learn that art communicates ideas, reflects the environment, beliefs and adaptations of the artist and his/her time period. Third graders investigate, perceive, evaluate, interpret, and explore issues of "change" in art. We practice perspective while drawing room interiors and covered bridges. We learn about artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Andrew Wyeth, Helen Cordero, Jaune Quick-to-see Smith, and many more!
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. The art of 18th century Europe , post war art, and modern art will be observed simultaneously. Students will be challenged with the question "How does art reflect our society?" We will study American artists like Gilbert Stuart, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollack, Faith Ringgold, Romare Bearden, and Andy Warhol, just to name a few! We will practice figure drawing, sculpture, printmaking, still life, self-portraits and even get to throw on the pottery wheel!