Art is a form of visual communication just as important as spoken communication.
The Montgomery Visual Arts curriculum is intentionally designed to be an ascending spiral. Each year students are exposed to and work with a variety of mediums and art concepts. They revisit these mediums and concepts again in subsequent year, to build upon past skills. This allows our students to develop artistic skills and knowledge that is broad in both scope and depth.
The students use high quality art materials. They work in traditional mediums like drawing, painting, and sculpture but also in digital media, metal, clay, printmaking and textiles. Art History and other over-arching concepts such as the “Elements of Art” and the “Principles of Design” are taught throughout our art curriculum at Montgomery.
Our robust art program includes a visiting artist week, art field trips, art awards, year round display of student artwork in the Schoolhouse and a much celebrated All School Art Show. A close collaboration with our Music and Performing Arts department and cross curricular partnership with classroom teachers reinforce the concept that art is not a stand-alone class. In the Middle School art is one of the choices in our after school program.
In addition to the technical skills taught in the art room, students learn concepts which will help them succeed in a 21st century world. Art naturally lends itself to the development of critical thinking, creative problem solving and working collaboratively. The art room is a safe place to take responsible risks and test new ideas. Each student at Montgomery is encouraged to listen to their own voice and we celebrate each child’s individuality. Children are encouraged to draw on their own creativity while looking to the world and others for inspiration.
- Prekindergarten–2nd students become skilled in a wide variety of art materials and are encouraged to explore their possibilities.
- 3rd–5th grade students learn to apply artistic knowledge to art work and experiment with how best to express their own vision.
- Middle School students work with more abstract concepts that are over-arching and are given increasing freedom to select the proper material to express their ideas.