Art education at Berlin Elementary School is built upon the Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities and the GLE’s (Grade Level Expectations). The art activities and learning experiences are related to the students’ lives and contain developmentally-appropriate skills, techniques, and materials. Students are provided the experience of creating art with a wide range of media and materials such as painting with watercolor, tempera, and acrylics, drawing with drawing pencils, colored pencils, crayons, oil pastels, printmaking, paper arts, weaving, bookmaking, papier mache and mixed media, ceramics and sculpture. Students also learn about various techniques, the elements and principles of design, artists, media, art history, and subjects in art. This year a Smart Board was installed in the art room. Students in all grade levels will use this piece of technology to interactively learn about art making, art history, critique, and aesthetics.
Students in first through sixth grade have art class once a week for 45 minutes. Kindergarten students have art class once a week for 30 minutes. Due to the limited time that we have class, it may take several weeks for a project to reach completion. The art work is then put on display in the school. After the display, the work will be sent home. Making art can be messy. Paint shirts are available for students to protect their clothing but wearing ―play clothes‖ on art class day is recommended. If you have questions about any aspect of the art program, please contact Lynn Spencer at 223-2796 ext. 108.