- To introduce students to different materials and technique
- To acquaint students with a global perspective of Art History
- To enhance the learning process in other classes
Our Art program has been designed around a non-traditional approach to the process of art production. Our instructor has adopted Arthur Danto’s philosophy of ‘What is Art?’ which is, in essence: Art can be anything, as long as it is about something (hopefully relating to what it means to be human) and it’s construction embodies that meaning.
Students will learn the fundamentals such as: the color spectrum (primary, complimentary, etc.), proper watercolor techniques, shading and modeling, blending acrylic paints, perspective, three-dimensional sculpture, and more. However, these fundamentals will be embedded in lessons reinforcing an Art History lesson or enrichment for History, Science, Math, or English.
In addition, we invite children to dream up outlandish projects. Whether it’s covering the art room in Yellow Post-It notes, or making a mural out of paper cups in the fence, as long as it is about something and the way it is built embodies that idea, the idea will be entertained. Giving students the freedom for unfettered creativity can spill over positively into other parts of their lives as well.
To begin the year, the students decide what are their most important attributes and then create a symbol to represent those attributes. They will then use the symbol to sign all of their artwork for the year.
In addition, the Art teacher will work with the music staff to help students understand the historical context of the music they are singing. For example, to understand the theatricality of Baroque music, the students will learn about architecture by Borromini and paintings by Caravaggio. By seeing examples of other artistic creations during the same period, the students may become enlightened about the motivations or inspirations of the composers, and make the music they are singing more personal.
Examples of projects:
- Learn about Renaissance art and then create drawings using perspective
- Create sculptures out of natural objects (leaves, rocks, twigs, etc.) to understand balance and 3-D composition after studying Andy Goldsworthy and other land–based artists
- Study Abstract Expression and make large scale drip paintings
- Make a series of 1 minute sketches to reinforce the ideas inherent in Impressionism
- Make Minimalist art works using Haiku as inspiration
- Create small murals for the Science classroom that represent the 4 basic elements (Fire, Water, Air, Earth)