The basic concepts of visual art are taught in a sequenced skill based format. Units involving observational drawing, drawing from memory, drawing from the imagination, drafting, color theory, painting, printmaking, collage, relief and sculpture are taught. These units are taught referencing the elements and principles of design, vocabulary enrichment and a correct use of artist tools. Art history is taught as enrichment to the curriculum with an emphasis on how other artists’ work relates to the students’ work. Students are taught a skill, usually given a practice exercise and then given a creative assignment in which to integrate several of the learned skills. With the exception of skill exercises, students are encouraged to bring personal expression and creativity to their assignments.
All students (Pre-K-8) come to art once a week.
Some examples of grade level projects include: 5th graders create animal-inspired images using a lino block-printing process. 7th graders work with papier-mâché to create masks of famous people (writing a brief report in technology to accompany them). 8th graders create personal crosses using sheet copper in a copper tooling process integrating Christian symbols and themes. Every grade level creates a self-portrait in media ranging from wax resist, conte chalk, charcoal, or photo graphics. Facial structure, proportion, shading, texture and symmetry are intergraded in to the unit based on grade level.