Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am excited to start another year in the “Art Studio” with our fabulous artists here at Davis School.
Art is a universal language and is the most fundamental means of communication. Art has been, and continues to be, an integral part of every individual’s life. To engage students actively in Art gives relevance and meaning to the dimensions of our changing world. I hope you will support your child’s art experiences and creativity. Celebrate your child’s creative expression by framing your child’s favorite piece of artwork from the school year…it makes a beautiful addition to your home!
The Centennial School District’s art curriculum is based on the Elements and Principles of Design with experiences in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, art history and more. Projects and activities are designed to engage your child in learning, creating, and using problem solving techniques. I encourage the students to “think like an artist”. Artists tend to have multiple ideas and try different things, this encourages students to have a growth mindset when it comes to learning. Creating art presents the opportunity to explore different answers to one problem and that we might end of up with a result that is not what we expected, but it can still be a good thing. I call them “happy accidents”J. These are skills that will help our children be successful throughout life. When projects come home, please be aware that a lot of time and learning has taken place in order to reach the end result of a “pretty picture.” Be sure to ask your child what he/she has discovered as they created the piece of art and what steps were taken to get to the finished product.
Most of the student art work will go home at the end of the year in a “portfolio.” This gives you and your child the opportunity to reflect on their work as a whole to see their creativity and what they accomplished throughout the year.
Your child will have the opportunity to explore his/her creative side and have fun each week! The art projects we create can sometimes be a bit messy. The school does not supply smocks. Please plan outfits that might get messy or send a smock to school with your child.
All students will get a specially designed curriculum sketchbook folder in grades K-2 or a binder in grades 3-5. The binders will be collected at the end of the year and students will just take the contents home in their portfolio. If a student would like to use their own binder, they can bring a 1/2 or 1 inch binder to school with their name on it. It will stay in the art room and come home at the end of the school year with the sketchbook contents. These sketchbooks will be used for a variety of activities and are specifically geared toward the grade level art curriculum. It will become a great record of your child’s year in Art class!
I am excited to begin the school year by participating in the “Square 1 Art” program. Your child will create an artwork that can be printed on to phone cases, magnets, key chains, ceramic tiles, mugs, t-shirts and more! Each student will receive a free sheet of 20 stickers that will include their work of art. More information about the program will come home in October.
Please consider donating a container of anti-bacterial wipes or tissues to the art room. Healthy kids are happy kids!
Thank you in advance for your support. I am looking forward to watching your child’s imagination soar!
Mrs. Paula Foran
215.441.6000 ext 15521