Welcome to EFWMA Art!
"Children have an innate desire to learn and create." - Maria Montessori
The EFWMA Art Program respects this Montessori Philosophy and provides artistic opportunities for them to:
- use their memory,
- innovative skills,
- problem-solving, and
- encouraging independent thinking
- as well as community building, with group projects.
All these attributes are 21st Century Skills and are involved when a child is engaged in the process of creating and making his or her own images and forms. Creating and making art provides all of us life long tools for interpreting life experiences. It also builds character, strengthens our identity and establishes self-worth. Creating and making art also provides a form of non-verbal communication for expressing ideas and emotions.
Children in the lower elementary art classes are involved in gaining technical skills, learning to control a variety of media, and using visual symbols. They view art from many places and times and come to see that art plays a valued role in creating cultures and building civilizations. Lower elementary students are introduced to the stories of famous artists and view their masterpieces to learn about the elements and principles of art. They then apply what they have learned to their own work. They study and apply color, pattern, texture, line, and form. They draw with pencil, charcoal, pastels, crayons, and markers, and they learn to paint with watercolor, tempera, and acrylic paints. The children also experiment with printmaking, ceramics, collage and sculpture. Perhaps most importantly, they begin to experience the joy and satisfaction found in the creative endeavor.
In upper elementary art classes, students continue this hands-on exploration while they expand and refine their skills with media, techniques, and artistic processes. At this age they begin to create works of art that deal with ideas of personal significance. Upper elementary students continue to look at specific works of art for subject matter, themes, symbols, meaning, and purpose.
Throughout the elementary years, students spend a period of time in each art class engaged in silent work. This allows the child to become involved in his or her work without distraction and encourages the student to draw from within to seek his or her own counsel on aesthetic choices. In each session we look at the body of work that is created in class in order to learn to describe, interpret, evaluate and respond to the language of art. Throughout the elementary years, it is stressed that there are no wrong answers in art and that there is an endless variety of solutions to any given artistic challenge.
Student artwork is displayed regularly throughout the school year and at the spring art exhibit as a dynamic and visual celebration of the creativity and diversity within our community.
Please visit our ARTATEFFWMA WIKI for the families and students of EFWMA. If you are a member of our community you will be given access to the site. Thanks!