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At The Long Ridge School, the visual arts play a vital role in every child’s education. Art is a powerful tool with which to explore the world and contribute to other areas of learning. Through this form of expression, each student learns the power of imagination, problem-solving creatively, and the skills and techniques needed to speak in a visual language. Lessons are planned around students’ interests, classroom themes, art history, literature, music, and visual culture. A wide variety of media is explored throughout the school year. Learning techniques and tools such as illustrations, art books, group discussions, and field trip experiences help to enhance students’ understanding of art.
“The object isn’t to make art,
it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”
Our elementary students will acquire skills to express and communicate, respect the originality of their own visual expressions and the artwork of others and develop manipulative and organizational skills in using art media effectively to translate ideas, feelings, and values.
- Increase aesthetic awareness of visual qualities in works of art, nature, and objects within the environment.
- See the world metaphorically by responding to the world using a visual language unique to the visual arts.
- Recognize design elements and see underlying structures: observe, describe, and begin to categorize specific details of design elements and principles.
- Respond aesthetically to visual characteristics: compare and contrast ideas and feelings about the visual qualities in works of art.
- Acquire artistic skills to express and communicate experiences.
- Recognize the importance of personal experiences and respect the originality of their own work and the work of others.
- Develop manipulative and organizational skills by using art media effectively to translate ideas, feelings, and values.
Visual Arts Heritage—Historical and Cultural
Acquire knowledge of historical and cultural developments.
- Study a variety of artworks from contemporary, historic, and prehistoric cultures.
- Understand that art reflects, records, shapes history, and plays a role in culture.
- Clarify students’ own aesthetic values and learn to appreciate differences in the aesthetic values of others.