Student Art Gallery
Art promotes the development of a child perceptually, intellectually, creatively, emotionally, and socially. The art program at The Skokie School is designed to allow each student to problem solve in a creative and individual manner, which contributes to the continual growth of a student's self-esteem. Each child experiences art uniquely, using materials and projects as a form of self-expression. Skokie’s art program continues to develop the skills and understandings of art that began at the elementary school level. Observational drawing, problem solving, technical skills and materials, art history and modern society, and reflection and intention are the district art programs’ overarching ideas.
The fifth grade and sixth grade students have one twelve-week session of art during the school year. During this session, students have art everyday, allowing them to have a continuous art experience.
Fifth graders review and continue to explore the elements and principles of design through art history, color theory, and art processes. They creatively explore painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media, reflecting on cultures and artists from the past and present. It is important for 5th graders to know how to mix colors, understand color theory vocabulary, and implement this knowledge in a final art project. Also, a 3D project that, most likely, connects with a Fine Arts collaboration is another key component to a 5th grader’s art experience. Students will reflect and assess their work and the work of their peers, gaining insight in to the many ways a project can be explored and expressed.
The sixth grade students explore painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. Their skill level and thought processes are beginning to mature, so sixth graders are introduced to more difficult projects and concepts, such as block printing, using authentic carving tools, and acrylic
painting. A sketchbook is used to record information about artists and is a place where students can process ideas for projects. Introducing artists and cultures from the past and present will be woven into this curriculum. Art historical information will be used to inspire students and show them how and why artists choose the materials and processes they do for their work. Part of their 12 weeks will be spent studying art through seasonal observation, culminating in to a personal portfolio created as a handmade book. This book holds many of the trimester’s projects. Lastly, students explore 3D processes, primarily clay, learning how to successfully express an idea through sculptural form. Time will be set aside so that each
student can reflect on their artwork, identifying their strengths and weaknesses. They will also reflect and comment on the work created by their peers.