In the Lower School visual arts program, a variety of 2-D and 3-D media are presented as students explore the creative process through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, fiber arts, etc. Primer-4th grade students have one 40 minute class each week. Visiting artists present special programs during the year for each grade, where students create individual projects. Students practice basic art skills and techniques each year while learning to apply the elements and principles of design to express their ideas, experiences, and imagination.
The PYP Units of Inquiry provide a relevant and authentic context in the art curriculum for students to respond creatively through media to classroom topics. At each grade level, students investigate artists, artworks, and cultures. They learn about the purposes of art in the past and present. They recognize many different kinds of art and participate in making informed judgments about artworks. Fourth graders present a weekly Art Review to the school audience. Art Club, an extracurricular opportunity, is available to 3rd and 4th graders after school on once a week.