Children need much more than the core subject areas and basic academic reading and writing skills. The visual arts also play a vital role in a child’s education.
In the Schalmont Central School District, the K-12 Art Department provides a multitude of opportunities for children to be creative and express themselves through different kinds of art medium. Classroom experiences in the visual arts enable students to create new knowledge through visual form and become more well-rounded individuals during their school years and beyond.
Art in Schalmont
Elementary Art Curriculum
Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade will explore various materials and techniques; which will enable students to actively engage in the creative art making process.
Throughout each year students will be introduced to a range of artists, art movements, and key moments in history based on their grade level. Students will experiment and become familiar with key art elements and principles to build a strong foundation for their future years.
Primarily in the younger grades, additional time will be spent focusing on fine motor skills and experimentation with hands-on activities. Each artwork will give students ample opportunities to make choices, think critically, problem solve, and enjoy various fun experiences that art allows. Students will also be encouraged to take risks, make mistakes, and learn from them in order to build determination and confidence.
All lessons are created with the students in mind, and they are based upon the New York State Visual Art Standards. Many lessons also incorporate various New York State English Language Art Standards and other disciplinary elements
Middle School Art Curriculum
Students attend art class everyday for ten weeks each year of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.
Each consecutive year reinforces/refines and builds upon prior studio art experience. Students use a wide variety of materials to create two and three dimensional projects with constant reference to examination and understanding of the elements and principles of design.
Artwork produced by students are displayed in the hallways around the building, on a gallery wall in the library and regional art shows. Students also create a portfolio of work available on the online student art gallery Artsonia.com.
Students are regularly exposed to works of both historical and contemporary artists, art movements and ideas, and how the work they do in the classroom relates (has relevance) to the larger art world of ideas and images. Verbal and written art criticisms are conducted to describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate a variety of artworks.
High School Art
At Schalmont High School, courses are available for students with an interest in majoring in art, as well as for those students desiring to take one or two introductory courses in the field.
New York State Visual Arts Standards
1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
3. Refine and complete artistic ideas and work.
4. Analyze, interpret and select artistic work for presentation.
5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.