Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade Studio Art
The objectives of the Lower School Visual Arts curriculum address multiple aspects of our young students’ development. Students explore the world of art with lessons focused on creating reproductions of famous artwork and through producing their own works of art. The fine motor development of students is fostered by using simple art mediums and advancing to more complex mediums. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and personal experiences to create visual art projects in order to develop awareness of self and of the environments around them.
The Middle School Visual Arts curriculum provides opportunities for students to refine their artistic skills and art history knowledge through a variety of 2-D and 3-D media and techniques, including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, fibers, photography, and sculpture while developing visual-thinking strategies. Students develop an understanding of the elements and principles of design with intentional connections to God’s creation. Interdisciplinary Visual Arts projects also connect to Geography, History, Language Arts, Science, and Mathematics classes in exciting experiential ways. Additionally, as a team SCPS Middle School Visual Arts students create art projects to instill an appreciation of giving through community service.
Art and Design I is an entry level course focusing on drawing techniques as a foundation for development in the arts. The course puts heavy emphasis on design concerns and observational skills. The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design provide the basic framework for the course. Students experiment with a wide variety of drawing tools. There is also an interest in self reflection and assessing work and the work of others in critiques.
Art/Design II- Studio Art
Art and Design II is an entry level course that explores various painting techniques, media, aesthetic perceptions, and knowledge of historical developments in the arts. Students use the elements and principles of design to help them communicate meaning with paint. Students build slowly on previous knowledge to create work that is increasingly more complex. As the course progresses students develop a personal style to help them express themselves. There is also an interest in students working together to create a collaborative artwork. Finally, a portfolio is presented to their peers.
Art/Design III- Photography
Art and Design III is intended to introduce the student to the process of seeing photographically through an exploration of the basic tools, techniques, art history, and aesthetics of 35 mm black and white photography. A series of projects will be assigned to expose the student to ideas that have shaped the photographic world.
AP Art classes