Primary School

Children are naturally eager to question, develop their own theories — even change a point of view.

Visual Arts

The Marin Primary & Middle School community champions the importance of teaching art in all of its forms. Primary and middle school students enjoy weekly sessions the art studio, demonstrating the school’s commitment to a rich visual arts curriculum for all students. The art program helps students develop critical thinking and creative problem solving and helps them to interpret, criticize and use visual information. This knowledge is especially important as we depend more on our own visual interpretation in a more graphic and computer-centric world.

The spacious art studio, located next to the school’s learning garden is busy throughout the school day. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, the art studio is open to students during lunch and recesses, and after school. Our two art teachers, both practicing artists, introduce the students to art, art history, and a  and its mechanics. Primary school students enjoy an art studio environment in which they feel comfortable, safe, and free to explore a wide range of media and subject matter. While learning and becoming familiar with various artists and styles, the students develop a sense of themselves as artists and create art based on their personal experiences as well as imagination. Students learn that art is the outcome of a process that involves many decisions by the artist.

Students begin to understand how to pay attention to details, nuance and subtlety. Students translate this new knowledge into a visual understanding of what they are learning in their core classes. Art helps us to form images, text, symbols and allows for the ability to think in many fascinating ways.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Identify visual elements such as lines, colors, shapes, textures, and their sensory qualities
  • Understand that there are many different kinds of artists who work in a wide variety of materials
  • Demonstrate basic skills in using media for drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and sculpture
  • Plan the use of visual elements to create original artworks
  • Begin to perceive and describe the subject matter, visual elements, and mood in their own artwork and the artwork of others
  • Express their opinions about art and respond thoughtfully to others’ opinions
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