The Art Program at Golden Brook School
"I would guess that everyone has seen the life of a least one child
changed by the power of a brushstroke, the discipline of a dance step, the
expressive opportunities of music, and the searing courage and vitality of the
theater. We know that to fill full
lives, all children, indeed all people, need opportunities to experience,
appreciate, create, and reflect upon art."
The arts are essential in any education system. They encourage
creativity, imagination, and expression. The arts bring us closer to our human
spirit through self expression and self discovery.
A very integral part of the arts is the visual art component. Children learn to communicate and express
themselves through their artwork. Art
allows children to celebrate their ancestry as well as other cultures around
the world. Along with multiculturalism,
art history opens other doors of awareness and appreciation of the movements
and periods in art and the many artists who influenced them.
The Art Program at Golden
begins in Transition and continues through the Second grade. The students have art class once a week,
where they will have the opportunity to practice their skills in a variety of
hands on activities.
The curriculum is based on art elements and principles, such as color,
shape, pattern, texture, balance, and proportion. It is set up in a sequential way for students
to expand on their prior knowledge from year to year.
Throughout the year the students will be introduced to many different
media such as watercolors, tempera paint, oil and chalk pastels, and clay. Through experimentation, my hope is that the
students will gain knowledge and understanding of the various media and
techniques, as well as an appreciation for art.
Many of the art lessons throughout the year are integrated throughout the
Transition, First, and Second grade classrooms. The integration of art
throughout the curriculum provides children with the opportunity to see the
meaningful relationships between the core disciplines of history, science,
mathematics, and language.
My goal every year has been to create an atmosphere where the children feel
like artists, whether it is through working with clay, paint, or oil pastels. I hope to inspire and share my love of art
with the students on their lifelong journey of discovery.