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 month of October classes will focus on the Elements of Color, Shape and Line. Artists use color as a means of visual expression. The American painter Georgia O’Keeffe stated, “I know that I can not paint a flower, or sun on the desert on a bright summer morning, but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey my experience of the flower. Color is one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living.”
The Juniors and Seniors discover how fun it is to create a work-of-art by simply adding color, lines and basic shapes. They explore the element of color by mixing their primary colors together to “magically” create secondary colors. Later this month the students will apply their knowledge of color to communicate feelings and express ideas.
Applying the elements of Shape, Pattern and Line is evident in the First Graders Paul Klee Castles and Fourth Graders complementary colored Chameleons.
Second through Sixth Grade will enhance their knowledge of color theory with lessons on secondary and intermediate colors, warm and cool colored landscapes, color schemes and the color wheel. Look for these amazing works-of-art in the Specialist hallway.
As always thank you for your continued support of the art program.
“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