Art has value in the development of every child, and art activities advance all education. Through meaningful art experiences, children develop self-expression, higher level thinking skills, and cultural literacy. Creative art experiences prepare children for imaginative, yet disciplined approaches to the solutions of problems.
We strive to provide a positive learning environment, rich in expressive opportunities, in which all children may develop their imaginations, creative skills, and increase their understanding of art. Each grade level explores the art disciplines through drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, weaving and graphic design.
Students that attend Red Pine Elementary in grades one through five have a fifty-minute art class every six-cycle days. All day kindergarten students have a twenty-five minute art class every six cycle days.
The curriculum used is The “Explorations in Art” Program by Stewart, Katter, Chapman, and Walkup, Davis Publications. Within the curriculum many visuals and supplemental materials are also used to interpret, analyze and appreciate art, create art, and understand art in relation to other cultures.
As part of their art education, Red Pine students have the opportunity to display their works of art in the annual student art show held in the spring.
Red Pine students have also designed three public art projects. In 1995 and 1996, Red Pine fifth grade students designed tile projects that currently hang on the walls of our school. Their tiles ranged from depictions of life at school to favorite community activities.
Since our ten-year anniversary in 2005, our fifth graders have created tiles that are displayed at the front entry. Red Pine PTO has sponsored this memorable annual activity.