This is a mixed media class with a focus on three-dimensional, multi-layered projects that teach the elements of fine art. Children experiment with paint, pencils, charcoals, pastels, cray pas, water colors, collage, clay, paper, cardboard, wood, fabric, and other media. Art concepts explored include line variations, parts of the whole, balance, construction, and color mixing. Large group projects, such as making a road map, teach collaboration. Children learn to make personal choices, contribute ideas, and work independently.
Projects take 2-4 weeks to complete and may include a doll houses, ice cream or bake shops, vehicles and a giant map, circus animals, castles, dragons, creature puppets, a rainforest diorama, concentric shape sculptures, and rocket ships. New projects are introduced each year and no project is repeated for at least 2-3 years. Each class includes a snack and story or activity.