The Visual Arts Program
The walls of the school’s hallways are always adorned by student art-work that reflects our rich program. From preschool to G8, students are invited to create and learn artistic skills and explore different media through daily or weekly activities. The program is guided by the principles of the Studio Habits of Mind: creative self expression, envisioning, observation, exploration, persistence, engagement and reflection.
These skills are used to varying degrees depending on the grade level, exploration and creative self expression are central for the younger students while staring in fourth grade the students should be able to demonstrate several or all of the skills.
The teachers introduce the students to many different techniques, and Art history is also taught concurrently with artistics skills and techniques. This approach allows the students to be creative on their own by exploring or perfecting the use of a technique or a specific medium, or to be inspired by the work done by a famous artist. Copying or “doing like” requires observation, persistence and develops an understanding of the elements of Art.
Throughout the program the students explore elements of art, and develop their skills in the following areas:
- Drawing and proportions
- Using shading values for 3D effects
- Complementary colors
- Positive and negative space
- Manipulation of digital imagery
- Abstract composition
- Tints and shades
Students at EB also become familiar with using a variety of artistic media, including:
- Acrylic paint
- Digital art
Art projects are closely connected to studies of art history, and students build their artistic eye and aesthetic by learning to critique and appreciate art. Discussion and writing about art help build oral and written language skills in both French and English.