Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
There are many colours that can be used to paint with such as orange, green, red, yellow, blue, purple, pink, brown, grey, black and white. Presented by Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, 3D Form, Ceremic, Fibre, Photography and Digital.
The STARS curriculum and current child development research emphasises the PROCESS of creating art. This means that children should be encouraged to explore and experiment with a variety of art mediums without being made to feel that they should complete a specific project that looks a certain way.
The STARS curriculum complements the NSW Board of Studies Visual Arts Syllabus however the difference lies in how art is presented. Most of the artistic activities are done through arts integration; combining art with subjects of study in order to learn the material.
In our classrooms art materials are kept in an art area and the children have access to it at all times. In a more mainstream setting, art materials may be out only at certain times and/or their use may be more directed by the adults than by the children themselves. This applies to pre-primary and primary school.
Pre Primary : Cycle 1 (3-6 years)
Just as with any other activity in the 3-6 class, each art activity is kept complete and ready for use. There is a variety of art materials available to them at all times. The instructor will carefully present to the child how the material is used, for example clay, then whenever the child is inspired, they can begin an artistic creation. Art appreciation and history is also introduced at this young stage. Reproductions of great masterpieces inspire an appreciation of beauty at any age. There are pictures of great works as prints, cards, or in books at the child's eye level and the instructor may invite children to discuss or draw what they observe in a famous work.
Primary years : Cycle 2-3 (6-12 years)
Creative artwork bridges many subject areas in primary school. When a child learns by combining academics and the arts the whole understanding of life—and development of the brain—makes a giant leap. Students frequently do projects generated from topics of interest. They research, gather information and create various forms of artwork to support their learning. They would then normally present their project to the class group. The artwork perfectly unites the action of the mind (knowledge) and work of the hand (or body). There are no limits to avenues of creativity.
Study of different art media & elements
In delivering the curriculum, the instructors present lessons to the children on the elements of art (line, colour, shape, texture), the principles of art (proportion, balance, scale etc) and the different media that can be used, including audio and video. In recent years, several of the graduating student have chosen to do their major projects using these modern technologies with great effect and skill.
Supporting the study of art elements is the appreciation of art history, modern art and great masterpieces. Examples of various work are used to compare, contrast and observe what may be evident or felt by looking at the art work. Great discussion usually takes place and inspires the children to experiment with their own work. Regular visits to art galleries or other creative arts events are a great addition to the curriculum.