Visual arts are an important part of our curriculum. Students explore math, science, social studies and other core subjects through the lens of visual art, as well as learning about the discipline itself.
Each child works with adults who are not only teachers, but also practicing artists. Students learn to think collaboratively while refining a high quality of craftsmanship.
Art formally begins in senior kindergarten with the art teacher, although nursery and junior kindergarteners do art daily in their classrooms as well. Students explore pointillism, perspective drawing, Japanese paper marbling, and more. They look at a wide range of styles and perspectives, from Paleolithic cave art to contemporary printmaking. They get to know artists including Renaissance painter Michelangelo and comic book artist Scott McCloud.
Most importantly, our students create. Students transform their ideas into sculptures, paintings, cartoons, print books, and more. This artwork flows from the art room to decorate the entire school, from the Haven Art Gallery to the Community Center.
Art projects often reinforce the topics students cover in core classes. For example, fourth graders studying Native American culture create small basket weavings in studio art.
Students take a hands-on approach to math and science concepts in the woodshop—a favorite spot on campus.
Starting in senior kindergarten, students use basic hand tools to create candleholders and small boxes. Older children experiment with additional tools, techniques, and projects. Students eagerly await fifth grade, when they begin using power tools.
Favorite student projects include Viking shipbuilding and making picture frames. Sixth graders exercise creativity as they design and build projects of their choice.
Woodshop teachers incorporate geography, language arts, social studies, and more into hands-on lessons.
In addition to woodworking skills, children gain the confidence, ability, and skills to tackle tough problems with their hands and heads. And maybe most importantly, patience. In a world where instant gratification is the norm, woodworking demands planning, patience, and perseverance to see projects through to the end.