Visual Art Class
Each month students are exposed to a new artist exhibiting the style or technique of art including two-dimensional, three-dimensional, mixed media, and print-making techniques and processes. Students learn the elements of art: color, shape, texture, form and size as well as developing a working art vocabulary. Students will work in small groups of two to three students per table, sharing materials and ideas. At the end of the assignment, the students share their work. Students engage in conversation about their peer's artwork while developing their own imagination and learning to use art for its expressive qualities. Art instruction at Valley Elementary utilizes a therapeutic approach, meaning that what students ‘get’ out of the experience of making art is just as important as the end result. A group art project, for example, is also an opportunity for students to work on their communication and problem-solving skills.