They learn about major movements in art from pre-historic to current contemporary art. Our students learn art appreciation and are given opportunities to use the techniques of famous artists to create their own unique art work. Through this approach, students achieve a more in depth study of art. Grade level projects are designed to give a well-rounded experience with different types of art and media through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, fiber art, clay and sculpture based on the artist and the time period emphasized.
Students also gain knowledge of art through the implementation of a cross-culture and cross-curricular based approach. They connect art and art history to Math, Science, History and English/Language Arts.
The students will compile a portfolio containing their progressive art work from the entire year. Some of their art work will be sent home through the school year, but a majority will be retained for display, special events at the school and for a select few, the ACSI Art Competition and Festival held in April.
Joanne Van Reeuwyk, professor of art education at Calvin College, lists 18 reasons why art education is so important in elementary:
To participate in the arts is to be fully human.
Art is a way of knowing and a form of communication.
The arts teach problem-solving, risk-taking, creative thinking, collaborative thinking, and innovative thinking. Indeed all of the higher-level thinking skills.
Art helps form multiple perspectives. It gives voice. It helps us identify and express issues that are global, common to all people groups.
The arts emphasize value.
To participate in the arts is to live in culture and in history.
The arts help make sense of the world. The arts help us pay attention.
Art nourishes our emotive side.
Art develops our cognitive abilities.
Art can be (and often is) healing and supportive.
Art teaches limitations, boundaries, yet encourages and promotes creativity and innovation.
Art teaches about how parts belong to a whole—that all parts matter.
The arts incorporate “big ideas,” and cutting-edge curriculum.
Art teaches and reinforces community.
Art celebrates thinking, creating, doing, and living.
Art teaches us how to pay attention to detail as part of a broader spectrum and world.
Art helps keep students in school, motivates them, and increases math, science, social studies, and language scores.
Schools that incorporate the arts show longevity in teachers and enthusiasm on the part of the students.
I believe each individual is designed with a desire to create in some capacity, which is an amazing imprint of our Creator. It is an honor and joy to educate students in the visual arts here at Rosehill Christian!
-Mrs. Broad, Elementary Art Teacher
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