Francis Howell Elementary ART PHILOSOPHY
While they do not learn in the same way or at the same rate, all children can learn.
Children construct knowledge on the basis of prior learning and through hands-on interaction with the environment.
Children need to be the "discoverers" of information and it is the teacher's responsibility to structure lessons in order for that to occur.
Decision-making, creative problem-solving, analysis, critical thinking and imagination are the processes used to create art. They are often more important to the student than the product being created.\
In addition to creating art, a quality art program includes instruction in art history, art criticism and aesthetics. These activities, including speaking and writing about art, enhance the student's ability to think critically and express his/her response to the meanings and values of works of art.