Art activities are ever-present in all our classrooms, ranging from personal creative opportunities with a variety of media, a selection of craft projects, collage ideas and materials, and full-time easel access. Starting in kindergarten year, our art unit also covers an increased variety of media and techniques, linked with studies of a selection of well-known artists, such as Monet, Michelangelo, Picasso, and our beloved Eric Carle.
The children learn about color theory, explore line, shape, and texture in art, and practice still life painting, portraits, and landscapes. There is an emphasis on the personal nature of creativity, and attention is paid to the respectful critiquing of other people’s art. The unit culminates in a field trip to the Currier Art Museum in Manchester, NH. The docents there continue to be amazed at the knowledge our children display. Recently it was a child who knew and could identify what Pointillism was.