At Chelan Valley Independent School, Visual Art is woven into all academic areas of our curriculum. Students confidently relate their course learning through visual art responses. The faculty and parents bring strong, professional art training and interest to the students and encourage them to express themselves creatively.
Weekly Art Classes
Visual Art is a one hour weekly class for every elementary student at CVIS. The Middle School students have art twice a week and work a little more in depth on the various skills we choose. Though I have never graded the student’s art work, the subject matter is taught academically.
Each student is expected to complete every assignment and in doing so every person inevitably discovers a medium they can claim as their own. We work on drawing, painting, and ink blocking techniques. We hand build pottery, weave, and create paper mache masks and creatures. We study famous artists, visit museums, and attend theaters where we study what the masters and craftspeople do. Students bring hand made items from family travels and we duplicate the techniques. We use charcoal from old campfires to draw mountains scenes and still life pictures. At CVIS we use visual art to help explain the world around us and whenever possible we celebrate all our school learning by incorporating art skills into other academic areas. The students look forward to art. It’s a natural way for children to express themselves.