Every child is an artist in their own way. Art is a mix of storytelling and emotional expression. Creativity itself is from God but art comes from a person’s own heart and their personal experiences in life. In art class, students are challenged to tap into that creativity inside to see where their unique artistic talent lies.
Here at GCS, art classes begin in 2nd grade meeting once a week. This is the beginning of building a strong foundation of art using color, line, shape, form, all mixed with creativity. In 3rd grade, we add value, texture, space and perspective. These two grades cover the Elements of Art which are the tools used to create any artwork. Then 4th grades cover the Principles of Design: balance, movement, scale, emphasis, pattern, rhythm, proportion, and unity. These basic principles are utilized by an artist to arrange the elements in a project. This helps with compositional layout of their artwork and sets them up to see different possibilities in their artwork.
The next two years are about Art History. 5th grade looks at the early artists that used their art to tell a story. Then the art world shifts and in 6th grade, it is more about self and emotional expression. We study the artists that have mastered their craft, learn about how and why they created their artwork. Students are inspired by each artist to create their own unique drawings/projects each week.
Art is all around you…a person just has to take the time to learn how to be creative and once you “see it” you will never be the same.
Life is Art…paint yours colorfully!