“The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.”
Eliot Eisner, Professor of Art and Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education
The visual art classes at The American School of Madrid are dedicated to helping students enjoy, express, and develop a personal, creative vision. Students are exposed to the creative process where they explore the possibilities for combining ideas, images, and materials together in a work of art. Critical thinking, craftsmanship and Design Elements and Principles are an essential part of each unit from art investigation to image-making. Through studio experience and the opportunity to collaborate, analyze, and critique, students become skillful and confident using the tools and techniques needed in a variety of mediums. The art curriculum is designed as an integrated approach to creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, art criticism, and art appreciation. Encouraging students to be intellectually curious, to take risks in their work,
The aim of ASM’s Lower School art is to nurture reflective, curious, empathetic artists who can deliberately use a variety of materials and skills to make artwork. We strive to develop visually literate consumers and interpreters of images. Play is central to the early childhood program, and the upper elementary program is Choice-Based and emphasizes Design Thinking.
Our curricular objectives include teaching the use and care of a wide range of materials by building, collaging, constructing, designing, drawing, painting, and printing. Students learn to make thoughtful choices as they plan and create a work of art. They use art vocabulary to discuss and critique art, and grow to appreciate art from all cultures, genders, and time periods.
Digital Art students in the Upper School follow a program that is designed to expose them to the fundamental aspects of a comprehensive and integrated approach to the five major Areas of Art . The basic Principles of Design and Elements of Art are covered systematically throughout the course, in combination with a variety of Digital Art Activities drawn from the major Digital Art Component Areas.