The art program at Rohan Woods School has a comprehensive approach. Students are exposed to all facets of art which include not only studio production but art history, art criticism and aesthetics. Students come to understand that to create their own art, they need to have an understanding and knowledge of other artists and cultures. Starting as early as Junior Kindergarten (age 4), students are introduced to a plethora of art movements from Prehistoric and Impressionism to Modern and Contemporary. Classes actively engage in art discussions and critiques applying appropriate vocabulary.
Students are exposed to many mediums throughout the year. Drawing, painting, fiber art, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics are all part of the robust art program. Research and writing are a part of the program as well. First Graders look forward to studying about Chinese New Year and taking part in the annual Dragon Parade. Third Graders are introduced to the folk art from Oaxaca Mexico and practice painting techniques specific to the art of that region. Fifth Graders create Kachinas to showcase at an all school assembly in the spring.
By Sixth Grade, students have received several years of specific instruction in technique along with multiple opportunities to practice the skills. This allows students to create wonderful works of art. Their art education culminates in a final Ceiling Tile project in which your child selects and researches an artist, practices public speaking with a slide presentation featuring the artist and creates a reproduction of one of the chosen artist's pieces on a ceiling tile to be left as a legacy to the school.
Plans are in the works for our second annual All School Fine Art Show Night at Rohan Woods. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 23rd from 6:00-8:00. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the entire school community to come together and celebrate the Fine Arts and see what the students have been creating this year.
Please don’t hesitate to email me at if you would like to help set-up.
-Juniors are completing lucky Leprechauns and mosaic Shamrocks. Cutting, gluing, overlapping and design skills will continue to improve.
-Seniors have completed studying about art of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. They viewed works-of-art by Monet, Seurat, Renoir, Cassatt, Degas and Van Gogh. With careful observations they explored and discussed what they like about the Impressionistic style. Students will begin working three-dimensionaly with clay to create spring flowers.
-First Graders completed their Asian art unit and enjoyed exploring the galleries at the St. Louis Art Museum. After Spring Break students will be introduced to the Self-taught artist, Henri Rousseau. The students will create their interpretation of Rousseau's Jungle Scene and finish by applying a watercolor wash.
-Second Graders are working collaboratively on a 3-dimensional clay unit that ties into their Project for this final trimester.
-Third/Fourth Graders completed sculpting their Oaxaca style animals inspired from traditional woodcarvings from Mexico. They currently are work delicately with paintbrushes to apply intricate pattern and line design to their animals.
-Fifth Graders are beginning their Fiber Arts study and learning all about weaving. Students will learn appropriate vocabulary, styles and various weaving techniques to incorporate into their looms.
-Sixth Grade will complete their beautiful ceiling tiles and present their artist reports after Spring Break.
As always thank you for your continued support of the art program. Be sure to check out our online art gallery. http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=146201
“How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudice. I am visual art."
~Kermit the Frog