The primary goal of the Lower School Visual Arts program is to offer age appropriate projects that are engaging and that allow each child to express creativity in his or her own style. Allowing children to give a personal voice to their creative activities instills in them a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that may lead to a lifetime of artistic appreciation and self-expression.
The secondary goal is to encourage creative thinking and problem solving. Whether students verbally decipher a brainteaser or apply unrelated materials to the creation of a masterpiece, they will be encouraged to find new ways to work through artistic challenges. The mental and physical processes learned during these activities will be identified and discussed so that these processes may be transferred to other life challenges.
Throughout this exploration of self-expression, students will also learn about the history and culture of other times and countries. A variety of art forms will be introduced, from the more famous artists and well-known styles to the current trends that use a variety of unexpected materials, as well as the technology used to create art. Basic artistic skills will be taught, and students will then have the opportunity to practice and apply these skills to their art projects according to their own personal tastes. Students will be reminded daily that in the creative process there is no such thing as a mistake – just accidents that allow us to try something different – to think outside the box.