Visual Art Mission Statement
Art is an integral part of elementary education. As part of the general learning process, art balances the curriculum to develop the whole intellect. The mission of the Medford Township school art teachers is to develop and teach a sequential art program that includes the basic art elements/principles of design, art appreciation, and visual awareness that is fundamental to intellectual growth and creative self-expression. We strive to recognize the whole child in each student and motivate them to explore their world through art to meet their intellectual and emotional needs. We develop higher-level thinking skills and create an environment that encourages problem-solving, risk-taking, and creative thinking. It is our hope that students will gain knowledge of art and culture throughout history and the modern world. Our art program offers a broad range of experiences for our children involving parents, the community, and regional resources.
Art Program Overview
At Cranberry Pines Elementary School, every student enjoys art once a week. We have a lot of fun and learn so much...it's even okay to get messy sometimes! Our projects and lessons meet the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and fulfill our district's own art curriculum.
We provide a variety of art experiences to help children develop their fine motor skills, aesthetic awareness, and their ability to think critically. We also give our students the opportunity to work in cooperative groups, problem solves, and to think imaginatively.
Art gives children the experience of relating to our culture and historical past. Each grade level spends time looking at and discussing the art of other cultures and times. We have units on French Impressionism, and Native American Art and Culture...just to name a few! Children look at the art that has been done throughout human history, from cave painting to Pop Art.
The thought processes that are required to do art transfer to all of the academic settings children encounter. Art helps to make our children better students in all other areas of study.
Although the visual arts are just that, primarily visual, children are often asked to verbalize their impressions and opinions when looking at prints, paintings in a museum, or their own work. This helps to promote a child's ability to verbalize clearly and to think critically.
Our art program offers a broad range of experiences to our children involving parents, the community, and regional resources.