The primary purpose of the Carmel Campus Art Program is to build esteem and confidence in our students through creativity and exploration. The focus is on expression and color, using tactile media to engage the children and cultivate a sense of success and comfort with art. There is an emphasis on modern art for its simplicity and non-subjectivity, so the young artists do not judge themselves or their abilities.
The structure of the curriculum is designed for study of a subject or theme across all grade-levels while working on age-appropriate projects. We do, however, create a consciousness of a particular theme that permeates the classroom walls. Our curriculum does not repeat exactly every year. Thus the students have the opportunity to explore the work of many different artists and styles as they progress through the grade levels. The types of projects, media, and techniques, however, are repeated annually to reinforce the basic principles of artistic expression. Individual work is important in the Stevenson Art Program, and is emphasized. Also, community art is introduced and mimicked several times throughout the year.
The school year began with an exploration of the art of Georgia O’Keeffe. We examined her unique style and created colorful close-up drawings of flowers and bones in an assortment of mediums. Each grade level experiences a variety of artists, themes, and mediums throughout the year with an emphasis on self-expression. In February Grades 4–8 will participate in our "Junk to Funk" fashion show, showcasing recycled fashion, designed and created by the students. Other artists and themes that will be explored this year include: Pablo Picasso, Dale Chihuly, Frida Kahlo, Dia De Los Muertos, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Paul Kandinsky, ceramics, wire, paper mache, color theory, drawing and painting skills, and much more.
All students in Grades 1–7 have art class twice a week. Students in Grades 6–7 have one regular art class and one art elective per week. Elective offerings for the 2012-2013 year include: Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, and 3D Art. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students have art concepts and instruction embedded within their regular in-class program.