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Elementary School

All K-5 students visit the art room twice a week during their elective rotation. Students learn about artists and art movements, while having the opportunity to work in a variety of mediums. As always, emphasis is put on the process rather than the end product. Our motto is “There is no wrong in Art!” At the end of the school year each student has a piece on display in the school art show.

Kindergarteners focus on:

  • Patterns found in the environment and works of art
  • Collage
  • Works of art emphasizing line, color, shape, and form
First Graders focus on:

  • Self-Portraits
  • Texture in both 2 and 3-Dimensional art
  • Beginning sculpture materials
  • Variations in line, shape/form, and color to create patterns
Second Graders focus on:

  • The principles of design: repetition and balance
  • Cubist inspired self-portraits
  • Creating the illusion of depth in an artwork
  • Ceramic Sculpture
  • Oil Pastels
  • Warm and Cool colors
Third Graders focus on:

  • The principles of design: rhythm and movement
  • Tints and shading in painting
  • Creating a foreground, middle ground and background to create the illusion of space
  • Ceramic Sculpture
Fourth Graders focus on:

  • The principles of design: contrast and emphasis
  • Positive and negative shapes/forms
  • Body and facial proportions in a self-portrait
  • Weaving
  • Complementary colors
  • Using value/shading to transform a 2-D shape into a 3-D form
Fifth Graders focus on:

  • The principles of design: unity and harmony
  • One-point perspective
  • Gesture and contour line drawings
  • Metal relief sculpture
  • Designing icons and logos as symbols for ideas

Middle School

Art Studio Elective

For those students who have enjoyed art in their K-5 rotations and now want the opportunity to learn more about the visual arts through discussion, research and hands on creation. This course includes a variety of art projects using several different mediums such as pen and ink, collage and clay. It also includes the opportunity to work with a guest artist and create paintings for the Hearts for Healing project. Throughout the year this class will allow students to demonstrate their growing artistic skill set and knowledge of the visual arts, including, but not limited to the elements and principles of art, as well as artistic masters and art movements.

At the end of this year long course students will have the opportunity to display two to three of their favorite projects in the school Art Show.

Advanced Art Studio Elective

Strongly suggested for 8th Graders, who took Art Studio or a trimester long art class such as Creative Art or Ceramics as 7th Graders and earned at least a B Average.

Content objective for class: This class is for the serious art student, who is not afraid to challenge himself or herself artistically and interested in learning about the visual arts through deeper discussions, research, and peer critiques.   In this course more focus is placed on craftsmanship and ability for students to “think like an artist”.   Throughout the year students will work both independently and collaboratively to complete complex art projects, in a variety of different mediums which demonstrate their growing artistic skill set and knowledge of the visual arts, including, but not limited to the elements and principles of art, as well as artistic masters and art movements.

At the end of this year long course students will have the opportunity to display two to three of their favorite projects in the school Art Show.

Art Enrichment

The purpose of this trimester long course is to give students an intriguing overview into the wonderful world of visual arts! Students learn about several artists and art movements all while creating a wide range of projects in several different mediums and styles.

Ceramics Enrichment  (Grade 8 only)

The purpose of this trimester long course is to give students an intriguing overview into the wonderful world of visual arts! Students learn about several artists and art movements all while creating a wide range of projects in several different mediums and styles.

At the end of this 1 trimester course students will take with them an impressive portfolio of their work, including one or two pieces they will choose to have displayed in the School Art Show.

This event is sponsored by our Middle School Student Council.  All proceeds from this great event will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank.  This amazing organization brings food to over 320,000 people per month in communities and cities throughout San Diego County, who might not otherwise get a good meal.
Please join us for a soup dinner and dessert and pick out a handmade ceramic bowl created by our talented art students to take home and enjoy.  This event is open to everyone so bring the whole family!  Tickets are $25 each.
Phone: 858-756-1141