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.
During the next month, the Juniors and Seniors will be introduced to the art of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. They will view works-of-art by Monet, Seurat, Renoir, Cassatt, Degas and Van Gogh. With careful observation, they will explore and discuss what they like about the Impressionistic style.
-First Graders will journey to China to learn the traditions and customs associated with Chinese New Year. They will construct very large Dragons that will be part of our Chinese New Year Parade on Thursday, February 7th at 2:30. The classes are encouraged to wear RED that day (RED symbolizes good luck) and be prepared for a festive celebration!
-Second Grade will complete their African masks and move into their unit on winter landscapes. Students will observe the variety of trees outside the large art room windows. They will learn vocabulary associated with landscapes and apply various chalk and oil pastel techniques. (continued)
-Third/Fourth Graders will complete their Native American Dream catchers and begin a unit focusing on three-dimensional art. Manipulating clay, the students will sculpt Oaxaca style animals inspired from traditional woodcarvings from Mexico.
-Fifth Graders are beginning their Hopi Kachina unit. Students are in the planning and sketching stage. Once they have decided on the type of Kachina and lesson it will teach, they will use creative writing skills to create a story unique to their Kachina. Working three dimensionally, Fifth Graders will sculpt clay to bring their visions to life. Once complete, they look forward to presenting their stories and Kachinas to the students and faculty at Rohan Woods.
-During the month of January, the Sixth Graders will begin their digital presentations for their artist of choice "Ceiling Tile" project. This month-long unit will involve research, written documentation, oral presentation and a unique reproduction of art from their selected artist.
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