If you stop by the art room at Kruse be prepared to be amazed and astounded by the creativity of Kruse students. Art is such an important part of the learning and developmental process.

Students explore a variety of media, techniques, and art forms. We examine artwork and artists from throughout history and around the world. We learn that through art we can not only express ourselves but also learn valuable information about other people, their ideas, perspectives, values, and cultures. We examine the elements and principles that make up art, as well as why art is so important, and the impact it has on us and our world today. There is so much we can learn and share about ourselves, others, and our world through art!

Student’s artwork is sent home in portfolios at the end of each quarter. Portfolios should be signed and returned to so that the portfolio can be reused the following quarter. During the school year student artwork is on display throughout the school, there will also be a selection of artwork framed as part of a display in the front hallway each month. The front hall display will change monthly to give different students opportunities to have their work displayed in the frames. Please stop by any time to check out our student’s amazing work!

Ten Lessons the Arts Teach –Elliot Eisner

1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.

3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects. The arts traffic in subtleties.

7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.

10. The art's position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

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