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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.

Instagram post 2164954623768394802_3981529661 Diane & Mark’s Monday group made clay bowls for the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network’s Empty Bowl Dinner that will be held on Wednesday, November 20th at United Lutheran Seminary in Northwest Philadelphia
Instagram post 2164931207220784772_3981529661 Inspired by Yayoi Kusama & the fall themed still lifes set up in the room, Courtney & Marisa’s group created dynamically designed pumpkin art
📚We read “Yayoi Kusama — From Here to Infinity”
Instagram post 2164923045650480763_3981529661 After an introduction to Paul Cézanne, Wendy & Rich’s Monday group created their own fall themed still life art inspired by Cézanne’s use of simplified shapes, color, & perspective 🧡
Instagram post 2164792739136072376_3981529661 One gourd from last year’s still life became twenty for this year

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.

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Art Teacher Nicole Batchelor: I believe that every child is an artist, and that the world needs artists in order to remain healthy and vibrant. Art is a process that allows students to explore and experiment with a variety of materials as they create. It empowers them to come to their own conclusions and understanding of what one can do with these materials. Every child should have the opportunity to observe, reflect, take risks, make mistakes, be playful and have fun. My greatest hope is to be a facilitator to each of my students as they continue along their individual paths. I want each child to be able to express themselves confidently through their art, and to know that this expression is a valuable and necessary component of a healthy community.


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