Just as academic studies support and build on each student’s unique set of strengths, so does our art program. It teaches students the basic concepts of art—how to look at objects through different perspectives, how to express what they see—as well as the notion that an artist is a problem solver and a creator.
Art is about creating and allowing our individual selves to reflect in our masterpieces.
The art curriculum emphasizes each child’s unique set of strengths and talents to help him or her improve achievement in all areas of education. Hillside’s integrative approach to learning uses art to enhance academic studies and create the best learning experience for each student. In addition, art class is an excellent area for students to practice their executive skills.
Classes incorporate topics from each grade’s core studies so students learn to connect art and other subjects. Through painting or sculpture, for example, students may illustrate the main themes of a book they have read in Language Arts, or create artwork that replicates the ancient civilizations they’ve studied in Social Studies.
Students have weekly art class, and they may also attend Extra Art instead of recess on Friday to work on new projects or help with collaborative school-wide projects.
In weekly art class, students focus on
- 2-D and 3-D media
- Art History
- Contemporary art and artists
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou