The purpose of the elementary visual art program is to develop confidence and pleasure through learning about and creating art. Complete literacy includes the ability to understand, respond to and talk about art.
The visual arts:
- Offer students a range of diverse experiences and knowledge
- Aids children in learning about the arts, humanities and the world in which they now live and which they will someday become leaders
- Guides them in expressing and appreciating themselves and learning to live with others
- Teaches them to confront and solve problems and to creatively build upon those solutions
Children's interests, needs and abilities are an integral part of this experience; working in a variety of media and techniques develops imaginative and divergent thinking.
Young children use visual expression as a primary means of communication; therefore, the skills acquired and the time devoted to visual art is an essential part of learning and personal well-being.