Art curriculum philosophy and intent statement
They will exercise the skills necessary to articulate ideas verbally and in a variety of formal written styles. Students will learn a broad range of technical skills and develop an ability to express themselves through a diverse range of materials and techniques. Through the study of art history and art philosophy students progress to develop a personal and meaningful artistic identity of their own.
The depth and range of knowledge will allow students to develop the ability to observe, record and evaluate their perceptions of their environment and experiences. It will support their understanding of universal structures and principles and provide strategies and ideas vital to enable them to compose concrete and abstract concepts.
This learning process will prepare the students to participate in decision making, be independent and resourceful, improve their social and team skills. Art complements and augments all forms of intellectual activity and supports effective thinking across other disciples.
We view the teacher as the technical expert who will facilitate the explorations and experiments to enable and guide students’ imagination and develop their intuition, problem solving and critical analysis. The teachers aim to nurture the students’ latent potential by working with the students collaboratively. Teachers invest in developing the self-esteem and well-being of every child, by always demonstrating a positive regard for the value of each student’s’ contribution.
At the core, students develop an understanding and appreciation of art and how it reflects and shapes society and cultural values. Art is important in society for innumerable reasons. It communicates when words alone cannot. Art instruction helps with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. Art has the potential to help improve a student’s memory and concentration skills, develop decision-making and critical thinking skills, enhance communication and listening skills, but also encourage focus and discipline. It supports and enables a rich and profound perception of the world and it creates versatile and adaptive thinking. Art is a powerful tool, which encourages novelty and develops nonlinear thinking skills that can be used not only in academic settings but in the professional world as well.