Visual Arts

The NH School of Applied Learning visual arts program seeks to foster creativity, problem solving, and self-expression as it relates to each child’s level of development from toddler to middle school. Art lessons use a variety of auditory, kinesthetic, and visual components. Students are encouraged to experience the art process as each concept is presented utilizing a variety of 2-D and 3-D materials to help them truly absorb and understand the lesson’s objectives. Lessons include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage making, and print making.

Students will recognize and understand concepts of line/shape/form:
• how a connection of point becomes a line,
• how a 2-D shape becomes a 3-D shape-as in sculpture,
• how a closed line of points becomes a line-showing movement, edges, and
• expressing feelings.

Students will recognize and understand concepts of color:
• color terms and definitions: hue, value, shade, chroma, primary, secondary, and intermediate
• monochromatic/complementary colors, and
• color wheel: the colors and sequences.

Students will recognize and understand concepts of texture:
• surface variations-implied or actual markings,
• sense varying texture by touch and sight,
• describe textures with words, and
• create a variety of textures.

Students will recognize and understand basic patterns of organization:
• repetition/pattern,
• sequence, and
• universal basic structures: radial, spiral, dendritic/branching, orbital, gradient, mosaic, modular chain, grid, waves closure, symmetry, and rhythm.

Students will recognize whole-to-part relationships:
• process of reduction of whole to parts,
• process of construction of parts to a whole,
• grouping by similarities and differences, and
• spatial awareness-positive and negative space.

Students will recognize and understand the processes of change:
• sequential process,
• abstraction,
• relationships between objects and symbols before and after change occurs,
• transformation, and
• cycles of nature and time.

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