Art is not apart; it is a continuum within which we all participate. All children from Nursery through Sixth Grade come to the Art Room for a dedicated art curriculum, designed for children to grow as artists, as problem-solvers, as thoughtful members of our community.
Throughout the years, all students develop an artistic vocabulary. They are introduced to a range of artists, from the masters to contemporary artists—with a thorough investigation of cultural art—which allows them to become familiar with art history, art movements and art criticism. Within each unit of study, the students look at artworks that support the concepts and vocabulary taught in that unit. They have opportunities to describe, analyze, interpret and critique works of art. Through this process they learn to recognize and describe the art elements— form, line, shape, color, texture, space, value—and art principles—emphasis, balance, harmony, variety, movement, rhythm, proportion, unity—used in the individual pieces.
Every child has the opportunity to observe, reflect, take risks, make mistakes, be playful, and have fun. Children have the opportunity to express themselves confidently through their art, and to know that this expression is a valuable and necessary component of a healthy community. More important than any academic consideration is this: our children make art. This ʻlearning by doingʼ is the central and guiding ideal at Miquon. In the Art Room, it forms the foundation and the core of all that we do.
More about the Art Curriculum
At Miquon, we believe that students establish mastery at different times and in their own way. For that reason, The Art Curriculum Skills and Concepts are less specific than a traditional scope and sequence.
Want to delve deeper? There’s even more detail available in the annual Art Curriculum Report.
Other Art Happenings at Miquon
The Art Room is often open and available at Choice Time for students to come in and work on existing projects, or begin new ones. Each spring, the Art and Science Show is an event that showcases work from every child in the school. The art presentation is curated by the students and the art teacher for parents to view in exhibition format.