Art Education at Julian Newman
Celebrating the Artist in Every Child
When students come to art at Julian Newman, they can expect fun, standards-based lessons that expose them to a variety of materials, methods, and techniques, while also incorporating art history and vocabulary. There are many opportunities for students to have their art displayed, such as our ACS Spring Art Showcase, our One Athens Christmas Showcase, and the ACS booth inside High Cotton Arts. There are also many local, state, and regional contest opportunities like Youth Art Month at the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Mayor's Youth Commission art contests, and the State Superintendent's Art Show, among others. Parents will always be notified if their child's artwork is on display. Of course, student artwork is always on display in our school building, making the halls look incredibly happy!
Traditionally, the visual arts included drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Today, the visual arts encompass a broader spectrum of constructs including media arts (film, graphic design, and other emerging technologies), architectural, environmental, and industrial arts (urban, interior, product, and landscape design), folk arts, and arts and crafts, including ceramics, fibers, jewelry, works in wood, paper, and other materials. We keep instruction invigorating and energizing. Our curriculum represents an innovative approach to arts education that emphasizes the whole student.
The Value of Elementary Art
Students at the earliest grade levels are inquisitive and imaginative. They need to express their thoughts, but need guidance and support for new activities. They respond to stimuli from all their senses and learn through doing. Visual arts instruction in elementary school provides an inclusive and creative environment where young children can explore arts media and concepts. Instruction at this level fosters appropriate behavioral skills, promotes artistic literacy, and guides students in developing cognitive, sensory, affective, and motor skills. K-3 content standards provide the foundation for future visual arts instruction and for the understanding and enjoyment of visual artworks.
Around third grade, we see our students grow. This age group is transitioning from dependent, concrete ways of thinking to independent thought and abstract ideas. Their fine motor skills continue to develop, allowing greater facility in using materials. They are increasingly able to assess their own work and to seek alternative solutions to artistic problems. Visual arts instruction allows them to connect to their own lives and cultures and to express their life experiences. Our students are challenged to think creatively, communicate thoughts and ideas, understand the opinions of others, and expand technical skills.