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.
As the school year comes to an end, the students are continuing to strengthen their artistic skills and improve their knowledge of the Fine Arts. Many classes are completing the year with units focusing on three-dimensional art. Students practice hand building and pottery throwing techniques to create successful works-of-art. New terminology is added to their improving art vocabulary. Words like wedge, score, slip, coil, slab and fire are applied consistently during the weeks clay sculpture is studied.
As always thank you for your continued support of the art program. I was overwhelmed with joy the evening of Art Show night. It was wonderful seeing so many families in attendance.
-JK will complete the year creating colorful kites and taking them for a flight outside in the open park space by school.
-SK read the book Round Trip and are making a cityscape inspired by the artwork in the story.
-First Grade have been drawing with scissors. Cutting free-form, abstract shapes in the style of artist Henri Matisse, students will arrange these cut-outs and assemble by improving overlapping technique to complete their works-of-art.
-Second/Third Graders are completing their three-dimensional Ocean scenes and will finish the year working with found objects and wood scraps, transforming these common objects into Assemblage.
-Fourth Graders completed their Pottery unit working on the wheel, improving their throwing technique and successfully creating a bowl/cylinder shape. Their final unit of the year will focus on the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Observing her large, botanical paintings, students will select one to reproduce.
-Working on their loom, Fifth Graders are weaving several techniques with yarn and other fibers.
-Sixth Graders will complete their Aboriginal painting unit and finish the year working with clay. These unique puzzle piece shapes will be on display for all to admire at graduation
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