Art Matters!

The visual arts is a wonderful tool to enhance development and growth. It enables personal, intellectual, and social development for each individual. It provides the ability to be creative and inventive decision makers. It provides an environment that fosters leadership skills and encourages teamwork. It helps to build self esteem and confidence to tackle new tasks. All in all it provides an enriched quality of life. The Elementary Art Program will include various lessons that incorporate the following objectives:

1.Art Literacy: Knowledge of the elements and principles of art.
This objective teaches students the language and terminology of art, as well as the basic elements (line, shape, texture, color, form, value and space) and principles (repetition, balance, emphasis, contrast, pattern and unity).
2.Making Connections: The integration of visual arts with other subject areas, times and cultures
This objective relates the visual arts to other curricular areas (e.g., fine arts, language arts, science, mathematics, technology and social studies). The integration of art with other subjects helps children make connections among the concepts taught in all curricular areas. For example, these connections give students a vision of societies, cultural norms, traditions, and customs which provides them with rich connections to their heritage and helps them to understand the purpose of art in all cultures and disciplines.
3.Art as Visual Language: Analyzing and appreciating art
This objective helps students become informed viewers by understanding and appreciating the how and why of art, then use that knowledge to relate art to their world.
4.Production: Opportunities for students to use a variety of media, techniques and processes to produce art
This objective instructs students in the use of materials and the proper handling of the tools used in producing art.
5.Art as Expression of Ideas: The communication of visual imagery and its meaning in artwork
Artwork often tells a story or communicates ideas and feelings. This objective teaches children to use visual imagery (images, symbols, and objects) to communicate through their artwork.