At Tesseract School, our Arts programs follow our philosophy of educating the whole child by providing our students with a variety of ways to exercise their creativity and to express their individuality.
About Visual Arts
Tesseract’s Visual Arts program for the Lower School is a blend of a discipline-based approach and inquiry-based learning. Visual Arts are integrated into the core curriculum with students in grades K-4 having a special Visual Arts class one-hour per week. During class, students and educator pose questions and experiment with new materials, techniques or concepts to discover creative solutions.
The students are frequently introduced to artists and art history after they have had an opportunity to explore their own creative instincts on the subject. They are taught methods to think, inquire and reflect like an artist. Every student has a sketchbook and uses it to brainstorm and generate ideas, sketch, plan and practice. They are encouraged to make mistakes and take risks. An extremely valuable aspect of the Visual Arts class is the reflection. The students are taught how to reflect during their art-making process and after the process, as well as to learn the terminology to discuss their own and other works of art.
All grades cumulatively learn the elements and principles of art. The students begin the year with drawing as a foundation, which includes drawing from observation. They also experiment with a variety of techniques and media used to draw, paint, collage, print and build. Every grade creates hand built clay work, which is fired in our kiln on campus. Sometimes the students’ work connects to a theme that is occurring in another subject if it benefits their learning and understanding.