“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”- Claude Monet
Art is an important part of a holistic elementary education. It fosters fine motor skills, creative thinking, and innovation, among many other critical abilities. In addition to exposure in the classroom, Hagerstown Elementary students attend an art class once a week.
About the Program
Art is self-expression and is essential to learning. Art teaches skills vital to our culture. It expands our ability to succeed in a culturally diverse, visually- orientated world. We, as a group of art educators, parents, district personnel and community members, are dedicated to supporting Art Education at Hagerstown Elementary.
Our goal is to continue to develop a curriculum rich in art history and art criticism. Also, we strive to include the academic core subjects into the arts daily. We believe that learning in the arts enables every individual to develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in the ever-changing and diverse world. HES allows students to create art in their own style in a rewarding and comprehensive program.
We believe it is important to provide all elementary students with increased opportunities for art. Art is a safe haven, a creative space to enhance self-esteem. Participation in the arts enhances cognitive development, problem solving, and the spatial and non-verbal skills of children. Our program provides support for students with artistic talents, as well as avenues for success for all students with different abilities.
From preschool through 6th grade, students expand their knowledge of art vocabulary, elements, media, and history. In the art classroom, studies revolve around the four disciplines of art criticism, aesthetics, art history, and art production.
In the spring, students in grades K-6 have an Art Show. Each student will have at least one piece of artwork they created during the school year in the show. The Art Show is open for one week, and includes one evening open house. Students, parents, family, friends, and the community are invited to attend.