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Art

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.

Approach

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.

Since our earliest days, we have believed the natu Since our earliest days, we have believed the natural world is a place to learn. 

With that in mind, We are pleased to present our Reopening School Plan (link in bio). This plan was first released in June, and has been refined over the last two months. It was created with input from our entire staff and informed by many conversations with our families
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Today begins week 5 of Miquon’s 8 Weeks of Actio Today begins week 5 of Miquon’s 8 Weeks of Action. This week we ask families to work together to create a poster, picture, banner, or sign for your window using one of the prompts from The Philly Children’s Movement Family Day of Action:
—How do you feel about things in our country
—What do you want people to think about and do?
—How can/will/do you support black lives?
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Since the very beginning, We have believed that th Since the very beginning, We have believed that the natural world is a place to learn, and that children learn by doing

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On to Week 4 of our 8 Weeks of Action. This week, On to Week 4 of our 8 Weeks of Action. This week, we’re all going to listen to a podcast that discusses race. There are so options from which to choose, so don’t limit your search. For those of you that may like to have a little guidance, perhaps you might begin with NPR’s “Code Switch.”

A video of the children’s literature discussion from Week 2 has been posted in the above link. There is a link on that page to details about each of the eight weeks: week four offers several podcast resources
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Since the very beginning, We have believed that th Since the very beginning, We have believed that the natural world is a place to learn (photo circa 1936-37)
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It’s Week 3 of our 8 Weeks of Action. This week It’s Week 3 of our 8 Weeks of Action. This week we’re going to focus our energy toward reading more children’s literature by and about people of color. For more information about our 8 Weeks of Action, and for reading resources, click the bio link!
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Week 2! Join other Miquon parents, 1/2 teacher Cel Week 2! Join other Miquon parents, 1/2 teacher Celia Cruz, and librarian Sarah Stippich on Zoom to examine how we can use children’s books to inspire conversations about race, racism, and inequity. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 14, at 7:00 pm. Link in profile. All are welcome!
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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.

Art Blog

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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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