In the primary grades, students are introduced to the concept of the Studio Habits of Mind through singing and interpreting a song I wrote called I'm an Artist.  Students work on practicing using their artistic hands, brain, heart, & world throughout the year.  

In the upper grades, students go into greater depth to understand the Studio Habits of Mind and implement them into their art-making process.  By 5th grade, students set goals for themselves based on a particular habit and track their progress through student-teacher conferences, self reflection, and assessments.  


The Gates Art Curriculum is taught based on the concept of the Studio Habits of Mind where students develop their artistic hands, brain, heart, & world. Throughout the year, all students work in various 2D & 3D media while practicing the Studio Habits of Mind in their art-making process.  Students are encouraged to think creatively, ask questions of themselves and others, and make meaning out of their artistic experiences in the art room. 
 

I’m An Artist 
  
I’m an artist
I use my hands
Practice and explore
Materials and tools
Artistic Hands

I’m an artist
I use my mind
Look at what’s around me
Think of new ideas
Artistic Mind

I’m an artist
I use my heart
Make artwork I care about
Always try my best
Artistic Heart

I’m an artist
I use my world
Share ideas and artwork
Learn from other artists
Artistic World