The approach in Art for K-5 is primarily theme-based, teaching children to use art to describe their ever-expanding world. Lower school studio classes begin with lessons that have fewer steps and more immediate results. A basic understanding of the art concepts and principles is a goal throughout the curriculum at a level that is developmentally appropriate.
Art in grades 6-9 is a process-oriented program in which skills and techniques are learned as tools to express the student’s own ideas visually. The importance of thinking, planning, and reflection in the artistic process is emphasized in each project, as well as positive evaluation criteria. An awareness of art and culture is developed through historical examples presented in studio introductions.
Ultimately, the goal of the art program is to promote individual expression, creative problem solving, and critical thinking. It is a process-oriented curriculum supported by an awareness of art’s relation to culture. Teaching students the basic art concepts and skills is like giving them a language with which to express themselves and the tools to succeed in solving problems.