The curriculum at GLS provides classes in art for kindergarten through fifth grade, in 6-8th grade as an elective. The art classes provide the opportunity to use a variety of medium in both two-dimension and three-dimension. The "Masters", "Modern Artists", and current illustrators are introduced at every grade level.
Grace Lutheran promotes personal creativity by giving students the opportunity to explore famous art, artists, and cultures from around the world. In addition to studying art history, and technique, student develop their own artistic abilities with painting, drawing, printmaking clay modeling, ceramics, drama, and more.
Seven Reasons Why Intergrating Art is Improtant
- Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills.
- Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them more easy to understand.
- Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
- Visual arts teach learners about color, layout, perspective, and balance- all techniques that are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.
- Integrating art with other disciplines reaches students who might not otherwise be engaged in classwork.
- Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.
- A study of Missouri public schools in 2010 found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates and test scores