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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Art Page

Visual Art Program

The goal of the ATS art program is to provide a variety of quality visual art programming for students. This goal is based on the belief that art is the universal language of humanity and should be a basic element of each child’s education. A broad education that includes the arts guides children to a deeper understanding of their world and open windows to different cultures. Art teaches children to think creatively. Creating art increases children’s self-esteem and self-discipline and it challenges them to appreciate other points of view as well as experience beauty and joy. It is important that children have well-rounded experiences in art designed to develop eye/hand coordination skills and to learn and practice traditional art forms. Art balances children’s understanding that art is a communicating historical document with opportunities for children to express themselves creatively. The ATS art program has strong multicultural and interdisciplinary connections.

Drawing with pencil, crayons, pastels and markers
When a Giant Came to Town...                  (4th grade)
when a giant came to town    A Giant in town 
jungle scene (1st grade)                  landscape (3rd grade)
jungle scene    landscape

Classes provide students with a solid foundation in drawing. Using different materials to draw helps students to understand that there are many different kinds of drawings and tools for drawing. Students learn to use line, value, gesture and perspective to “see” as artists. Classes work with a variety of subjects including still life, figure and landscape. Advanced classes learn to use pen, ink and sketchbooks.
self-portrait (5th grade)                            abstract art (1st grade)
Self-portrait    abstract painting
still life (5th grade)                                       seascape (Kindergarten)
landscape    seascape

The students study the color wheel. Specific projects are designed to help students solve common problems and experience concepts of color theory in action. Students use oil pastels, tempera, acrylics and watercolors to produce paintings. Projects are differentiated. Students can simply explore color or experiment with abstraction. Students try using a wide range of techniques, both abstract and realistic. They paint simple themes, single flowers, complicated landscapes, and detailed animals or portraits. At the primary level, students begin creating with thumbprints or “found” objects. As they grow, they move to demonstrating sophisticated relief printing such as embossed prints, collage prints, monotype, monoprint, and relief prints, stencils, stamping. Students are expected to make artistic decisions related to color, design and composition.

Ceramics/ Sculpture
self-portrait (2nd grade)                           clay mask (2nd grade)
self-protrait (clay)    clay mask
 African animals (3rd grade)                     cave art (5th grade)
 African animals    cave art
Early American at work (5th grade)       Starry Night/Van Gogh clay plaque
                                                                                (1st grade)
colonial american     vangogh

When students work with clay and learn glazing techniques, they explore several methods. Intermediate students explore sculpture using wood, Styrofoam and clay. Advanced students create sculptures with wire and craft a personal project using found objects.

Art History
cubism/Picasso    (4th grade)                  self-portrait/Frida Kahlo (2nd grade)
cubism    Frida Kahlo          
surrealism/Marc Chagall (1st grade)    sunflowers/Van Gogh (Kindergarten)
marc chagall    van gogh

Students learn art history through lessons about artists and their works as well as art games. These artists are introduced in lessons: Claude Monet, Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and others. Kindergarten, third and fifth graders make an annual field trip to a museum.  Students also visit famous galleries online by virtual field trip.


Other Projects
Aztecs/Tin Foil Mask  (5th grade)            Greek  Vase  (3rd grade)
mask    Greek pottery
 Amate Painting -Arts from Mexico         paper cutouts/Matisse (5th grade)
                     (3rd grade)                                                                     
 amate    matisse
crayon rubbing (first grade)                    fabric collage/self-portrait (5th grade) 
rubbing     fabric art

Student explore other art media such as collage, assemblage, fibers, mix media, crayon resist, batik, tie dye, rubbings,  paper mosaic, mask making, fabric resist and others.



Last Modified on November 19, 2008