Art Curriculum Overview
An art program is a vital component of every child’s education. The arts cultivate creative expression, innovative thinking, problem solving, and personal development. The art curriculum at Holy Child Academy builds observation skills and encourages exploration of the imagination. Students learn to make choices that enhance the communication of their ideas. The art program provides opportunities to develop higher level thinking. The skills associated with artistic thinking include the ability to see clearly, analyze, reflect, make judgments, forge connections among ideas, and generate new ideas.
Early Childhood - Students are introduced to the concepts of color, line, shape, form, texture, and pattern. They use a variety of media appropriate to their grade level. The art classroom fosters freethinking, risk taking, inspiration, and critique. Students are introduced to artists and artwork that connects to the themes they may be learning in their classroom. Students draw upon personal feelings and experiences as well as the natural world and community around them.
Lower School - Students continue to explore the elements of art, including line, texture, shape, and color. They explore the use of these elements in their artwork and the artwork of others through a variety of media and exciting projects. Students are introduced to artists and artwork that connects to these themes as they study periods in art history and cultures from around the world.
Middle School - Students continue to explore the elements and principles of art and to use a variety of media. Students will increase their skills with greater mastery of media and tools. They are challenged to use their creativity and develop artistically while exploring drawing, design, printmaking, pastels, and ceramics. Students explore periods in art history and cultures ranging from Ancient Egypt to 20th Century Art.