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Visual Arts

The art program nurtures and supports the creativity of each individual artist. It is designed to inspire a child’s natural curiosity and inventiveness by facilitating his or her exploration of art materials and by encouraging self-reflection during the process of art making. Through lessons grounded in artistic development, students gain experience with a variety of art materials, tools and techniques. With an emphasis on learning through exploration and guided experimentation, children are mentored in group demonstrations and one-on-one instruction. The children develop increasing competency with materials and tools, build trust and confidence in their artistic vision, and experience the hard work and satisfaction that creative work can bring.

The children learn to tap into their inner lives to recall experiences, memories and feelings for use in making art. They learn what inspires their art making, and how they work best in the studio. Through direct, hands-on experiences, the children develop an understanding of the qualities and properties unique to different art materials. While engaged in the creative process students experiment, problem-solve, develop insight and integrate new information according to their own pace and plan.

The program encourages students to develop an understanding of line, shape, form, color, texture, pattern and composition through a variety of media, including paint, clay, paper, cardboard, fabric, wood and found objects. Children develop the ability to represent their personal imagery through drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture and constructions. The program aims to balance exploratory activities with more formal motivations about art learning that give voice to the children’s life experiences.

The program also emphasizes honoring each young artist’s ideas by learning how to look at and talk about art with sensitivity for the feelings of others. We teach students to value the environment by using recycled materials and treating our tools and resources with respect.

Students work in small groups in the art studio once a week for 45 to 60 minutes. Art Labs may be scheduled for a student to finish work or extend learning.
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  • Art Kindergarten

    Drawing
    • Introduction to drawing materials
    • Exploration of different drawing materials
    • Development of drawing techniques
    • Formal drawing exercises
    Painting
    • Exploration and development of color mixing
    • Introduction and development of brush choice
    • Development of painting techniques
    Collage and Construction
    • Exploration of paper and cardboard
    • Development of glue and scissor techniques
    • Introduction and exploration of collage and construction materials and techniques
    • Introduction and use of other materials
    Clay
    • Introduction to history, sources and use of clay
    • Exploration and elaboration of hands as tools for building, blending and sculpting
    • Introduction and development of clay tool use
    • Introduction and development of glazing
    Wood
    • Introduction to sources and uses of wood
    • Introduction and development of use of hand tools
    • Introduction and development of wood assemblage, wood collage and wood sculpture
  • Art 1st Grade

    Drawing
    • Introduction to drawing materials
    • Exploration of different drawing materials
    • Development of drawing techniques
    • Formal drawing exercises
    Painting
    • Introduction to painting materials
    • Exploration and development of color mixing
    • Introduction and development of brush choice
    • Development of painting techniques
    Collage and Construction
    • Exploration of paper and cardboard
    • Development of glue and scissor techniques
    • Introduction and exploration of collage and construction materials and techniques
    • Introduction and use of other materials
    • Introduction to collograph printing
    Clay
    • Introduction to history, sources and use of clay
    • Exploration and elaboration of hands as tools for building, blending and sculpting
    • Introduction and development of clay tool use
    • Introduction and development of glazing
    Wood
    • Introduction and development of use of hand tools
    • Introduction and development of wood assemblage, wood collage and wood sculpture
  • Art 2nd Grade

    Drawing
    • Introduction to drawing materials
    • Exploration of different drawing materials
    • Development of drawing techniques
    • Formal drawing exercises
    Painting
    • Introduction to painting materials
    • Exploration and development of color mixing
    • Introduction and development of brush choice
    • Development of painting techniques
    • Illustration and Book Fair Paintings
    Collage and Construction
    • Exploration of paper and cardboard
    • Development of glue and scissor techniques
    • Introduction and exploration of collage and construction materials and techniques
    • Introduction and use of other materials
    Clay
    • Introduction and development of advanced clay technique
    • Exploration and elaboration of hands as tools for building, blending and sculpting
    • Introduction and development of clay tool use
    • Introduction and development of glazing
    Wood
    • Introduction and development of use of hand tools
    • Introduction and development of wood assemblage, wood collage and wood sculpture
  • Art 3rd Grade

    Drawing
    • Introduction to drawing materials
    • Exploration of different drawing materials
    • Development of drawing techniques
    • Formal drawing exercises
    Painting
    • Exploration and development of color mixing
    • Introduction and development of brush choice
    • Development of painting techniques
    Collage and Construction
    • Exploration of paper and cardboard
    • Development of glue and scissor techniques
    • Introduction and exploration of collage and construction materials and techniques
    • Introduction and use of other materials
    Clay
    • Introduction and development of advanced clay technique
    • Exploration and elaboration of hands as tools for building, blending and sculpting
    • Introduction and development of clay tool use
    • Introduction to alternative clay bodies and tile making
    • Introduction and development of glazing
    Wood
    • Introduction and development of use of hand tools
    • Introduction and development of wood assemblage, wood collage and wood sculpture

Faculty

  • Anne Lockwood

    First Program Visual Arts Head Teacher
    (212) 423-5495 x3117
    Smith College - B.A.
    New York University - M.A.
    Institute of Fine Arts, New York University - Certification
    Teachers College, Columbia University - Ed.M.
  • Terria Meyer

    First Program Visual Arts Head Teacher
    (212) 423-5495 x3193
    University of Wisconsin-Madison - B.S.
    Columbia University - M.A.
  • Jocelyn Russell

    First Program Art Head Teacher
    (212) 423-5495 x3071
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges - B.F.A.
    School of the Museum of Fine Arts - Post Baccalaureate
    Parsons School of Design - M.S.
  • Laura Zanes

    First Program Visual Arts Head Teacher
    (212) 423-5495 x3122
    Empire State College, State University of New York - B.A.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.