The art curriculum combines hands-on studio practice with exposure to art history and appreciation. Each lesson is designed to expose students to new creative processes and techniques. Students learn to use the visual language to express themselves with emphasis on self-direction, problem solving, risk taking, and individual creativity. The primary goal of the program is to enable students to gain confidence in their own unique creative vision, and see themselves as artists.
All students keep a sketchbook in which they "free draw" and do sketching exercises, designed to enhance their drawing skills and understanding of art. Projects are sent home at the end of the trimester, while some are kept in the studio for display during the spring Arts Festival in May.
Students study art once a week: kindergarten for 50 minutes, first grade for 70 minutes, and second through fourth grade for 75 minutes.
At each grade level, students develop their artistic vocabulary by perceiving, analyzing, and responding to works from diverse cultures and time periods. They articulate the meaning behind their creations as well as give constructive feedback to others.