Elementary Creative Arts

Overview

In our classes we help children not only create art, but appreciate art. Most approaches to art education are quite technical. They teach children about historical art movements or art techniques, perhaps something about the artist’s life.

Our approach to art appreciation helps children experience art the way the artist intended it to be understood; whether it is a painting, a sculpture, a poem, music, or fine literature.

Each work of art is carefully chosen, we select works that are inspiring, with relevant themes to the elementary child.

Program Elements

“Novels, stories, plays, and poems exist to bring us experience. Literature is used to step up intensity and increase our range of experiences. Literature is not only an aid to living, but a means of living.”

Perrine, Sound and Sense (1st ed.)

All children at our school learn how to read. And we hope that they can use this skill not just for practical applications like reading a manual, but also to bring great joy to their lives through literature.

Literature is experience-based learning.

A child may not be able to rescue a princess, but they can experience the heroic deeds of a very brave mouse in The Tale of Despereaux.

A child may not ever have to stand up to a tyrannical owl, but they can discover what it means to discover the truth and stand up to evil through Poppy.

A child may not be a spoiled princess, but they will see what it is like to be kind to others and create friendships through Lady Lollipop.

“The first step is to stop treating the art as a history lesson that will fulfill your cultural obligation, and start expecting an experience you will want to lose yourself in.”

Luc Travers, Touching the art

When you’re reading a book, the author provides the words and your mind supplies the visual.

When you’re reading a painting, the artist provides the image, and you provide the story.

Students learn a series of playful and interactive techniques, from mimicking the pose a character is making to physically acting out a scene; from imagining what the characters are thinking and saying to imagining what happened just before (or just after) the scene.

Children learn to observe fine details and personally connect with the piece. Have they ever felt the way this character feels? Have they ever been in a similar situation?

“Poetry is a kind of language that says more and says it more intensely than does ordinary language.”

Perrine, Sound and Sense (1st ed.)

Like with other areas of art appreciation, the study of poetry isn’t merely a study of rhyme patterns, styles and techniques. When we read a poem, we help children dig into the deeper meaning that the author wanted to express.

Writing poetry is a common follow-up work choice across all areas of the curriculum. Poems about botany, space, math, and history abound in the classroom!

Everyday Music

Children are exposed to the fundamentals of music on a daily basis through integrated materials and activities.

Creative Arts Curriculum

Handmade watercolor sketchbook

Lower Elementary

Sample Art Appreciation Works
The Boyhood of Raleigh, John Millais
Childhood Idyll, William Bouguereau
The Astronomer by Candlelight, Gerrit Dou

Art Context
Art Movements
Artist Biographies
Study of the Artist’s Key Works
Experimentation with Media

Elements of Art
Positive and Negative Line
Shape and Form
Color and Texture

Drawing, Sketching, and Painting
Connection to Geometric Plane Figures
Connection to History and Arts
Pencil and Graphite Watercolor Pencils and Paints

Sculpture & Handwork
Connection to Geometric Solids
Connection to History and Arts
Clay
Collage
Crochet, Knitting, and Weaving
Bookmaking

Singing & Pitch
Singing with the Scale
Performance: Memorized Songs

Rhythm & Tone
Clapping Rhythm
Pattern Naming and Notation of Tone Bars

Movement & Dynamic
Body Awareness and Control
Notation and Movement Accents
Dynamics
Tempo

Montessori geometric stick material polygons
Watercolor painting with handmade paints

Upper Elementary

Sample Art Appreciation Works
The Rookie, Norman Rockwell
The Painter’s First Work, Marcus Stone
The Accident, William Geets
David, Michelangelo
Echo and Narcissus, John Waterhouse
A Reading from Homer, Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Art Context
Art Movements
Artist Biographies
Study of the Artist’s Key Works
Experimentation with Media
Music Appreciation

Principles of Design
Visual Expression
Engineering and Technology
Balance and Unity Pattern
Rhythm and Harmony
Proportion
Contrast and Emphasis

Sculpture & Handwork
Connection to Geometric Solids
Connection to History and Arts
Clay
Printmaking
Crochet, Knitting, and Weaving
Bookmaking

Rhythm & Beat
Written Note Patterns
Naming and Notation of Note Values
Time Signatures
Rests

Reading & Writing Music
Naming and Notation of Tone Bars
Degrees of the Scale Intervals
Sequence of Major Scales: Sharps and Flats
Transposition of Simple Songs

Movement & Dynamic
Notation and Movement Accents
Dynamics
Tempo

Education for life

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A Sample of Lower Elementary Art Works

A Sample of Upper Elementary Art Works

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