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 first annual Fine Art Show Night at RWS. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 26th 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 a work of art inspired by the artist Pablo Picasso.
-Seniors are wrapping up their study 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 are continuing their Asian studies unit this month. Their Dragon Parade was a big success and the students enjoyed celebrating with fortune cookies and hot tea.
-Second/Third Graders are studying about the "Fantasy Style" art of Marc Chagall. Students will be reflecting on childhood memories and favorite things to create their dream-like imagery.
-Fourth Graders are working on their pottery unit and will be taking turns on the wheel to successfully center their clay and create a cylinder shape. Students will also work independently on a project they plan related directly to their ceramics unit.
-Working three-dimensional, Fifth Grade students will create unique "Ugly-Dolls". Using their original design, students will sketch their pattern, cut-out fabric, stitch their dolls together and finish by applying embellishments.
-Sixth Graders are making final touches to their complex ceiling tile art. Be sure to take a quick detour down the speciality wing to see these amazing reproductions later this month.
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