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The Fall Season has our students busy with Art:

Kindergarten students are painting a pumpkin picture and will be doing the traditional three dimensional pumpkin. We just finished our Big Chubby Birds. Students mixed colors to create the bird, grass and sky.
1st grade students painted a sky and ground with pumpkins in perspective and our now creating a scarecrow to add to the fall landscape.
2nd grade students know how to draw a house and tree in a landscape and add so many amazing additions to their work.
3rd grade artists are now learning about the Day of the Dead Holiday and creating paper Sugar Skulls.
4th grade has just started a perspective project titled: Shapes in Space. The students may choose any object, shape or initial and draw them in one point perspective.
5th grade artists are learning how to draw a face and next introduce images, icons and pattern to their piece. We looked at the art of Zio Ziegler, a young successful artist from California.

The first 5th Grade Art Club group are now making the infamous record bowls. Don't worry if your student didn't get in the first session, look for the next sign-up to come out soon.


10 Lessons the Arts Teach by Elliot Eisner
And now (drum roll please!) THE LESSONS! (My personal favorite)

1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.

3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes ar
e seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.


6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.

7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source 
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.


10. The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young 
what adults believe is important.