Visual Arts Program
Self expression through the Visual Arts is an opportunity for students to investigate their unique gifts and talents. Many components contribute to St. John's comprehensive art program. The focus of the program is on elements and principles of artistic design. Fundamental skills and processes are stressed rather than end products. Materials and mediums are selected based upon appropriate developmental practices. Project selection is motivated by a desire to adhere to a cross- curricular approach to learning. Themes for units of study in other subject areas are integrated into the program. "Art Masters" is an important component of the program and provides an opportunity for students to develop an appreciation for the artistic works and styles of selected artists. Students' art work is frequently submitted to local contests and exhibits, such as the Imagination Celebration at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts.
Elementary Division Visual Arts
Visual Arts is a creative and exciting element of the elementary curriculum as students learn about organic and geometric shapes and contrasts. Students develop creative skills and form aesthetic judgments in our visual arts program. They participate in projects which involve the essential elements and principles of art through a variety of techniques and projects. Projects in Kindergarten through 8th grade vary in sophistication and include:
Middle Division Visual Arts
The Middle Division curriculum refines students’ skill in drawing and painting. Classes encourage creative expression, while addressing the historical and cultural context of art history. Students learn to describe how balance is effectively used in a work of art; differentiate between symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial balance; create increasingly complex original works of art reflecting personal choices and increased technical skills; and identify visual metaphors that express traditions and myths of selected culture. A focus is placed on the connection and application of visual art skills by discussing professions related to the visual arts and specific skills needed for those professions.