Art in the Lower School is taught in a spiraling curriculum designed to lay the groundwork for future skills while reinforcing those that came before. Developing good work habits, personal judgment about artwork, and an appreciation for good craftsmanship are emphasized.
The introduction of new techniques is sequenced so that students build confidence in working with materials and equipment. These lessons are often integrated with homeroom instruction or other special subjects and typically reflect students’ interests and their diverse learning styles.
By studying various artists, using the techniques of those artists, and having class critiques, students learn how to solve problems, communicate ideas and feelings, exchange multiple solutions to an artistic problem, and respect the work of others. In addition, studying the art of various cultures enables students to gain insight into the beliefs and origins of their own culture.