The visual art program at PS 32 has been developed with the fundamental belief that the act of making art is a healthy and meaningful way to express and explore who we are, how we feel, what we know, what we would like to know, and how we experience the world around us. For children, art is power, as they are the masters of the worlds they create. To this end, using the imagination, thinking creatively, dreaming and exploring personal ideas are the norm in the PS 32 art room. Within structured lessons and a nurturing environment, students will find the liberty and room needed to explore their identity and express their own unique vision.
Throughout the school year, students are introduced to many different artistic processes and techniques, while also learning about a variety of materials used to create art. The elements of art and principles of design (see below) are incorporated into all learning experiences and across all grade levels; students gain knowledge and experience as artists, art critics, and art historians on a daily basis. Students also participate on large-scale projects, such as set design, and work both individually and collaboratively. There will also be chances for your child to participate on large-scale community/public art projects, such as the mosaics and murals that can be found in and around our school.
Areas of exploration: drawing, collage, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed-media, and mosaics
Elements of art explored: line, shape, texture, shape, form, space, value, and color
Principles of design explored: balance, proportion, emphasis, pattern, rhythm, unity and variety