Academics
Art

Essential Questions:
How many ways can you describe a line?
Where do you see lines in nature?
What are the different ways you can make lines?

Skills and Enduring Understandings:
While studying art as an academic body of knowledge, Lower School students learn the art vocabulary and develop an awareness of artists, styles, and periods. They also broaden their understanding of cultural diversity and history. Students are exposed to a wide variety of media which stimulates creativity while developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students engage in projects that will develop, strengthen and expand their observation skills and visual memory. Opportunities for integration with other disciplines reinforce, expand and enrich the learning experience. Developmentally appropriate, sequential, hands-on learning experiences inspire confidence, self-awareness and self-expression in our youngest artists.

Sample Units:
Pre-kindergarten (Lines All Around Us): Observe the lines in the floor, furniture, woodwork, clothing, and other areas; fill a drawing with these curved and straight lines.

Kindergarten (All Kinds of Lines): Learn the names of lines, their quality and variety and connect these lines to create designs and patterns that fill your page.

First Grade (Radial and Linear Lines): Design a Triptych creating one image with radial lines, one image with vertical and horizontal lines and the third image using only diagonal lines.

Second Grade (Contour, Convex and Texture): Design a texture grid by utilizing lines in a variety of ways to create the illusion of texture and three-dimensional space.

Third Grade (Rhythm and Movement): Fill a drawing with lines of repetition that create the illusion of value, space, rhythm, motion, tension, and contrast.

Fourth Grade (Blind Contour and Contour): Close your eyes and draw a continuous line for one minute that travels across, around, and over the page by making straight lines and angles as well as curves and loops. Open your eyes and use a view-finder to isolate four interesting sections of line variety. Enlarge these sections into a design in four-frames and add color to the sections creating unity between the four sections.
 

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Berwick Academy is Maine's oldest, independent Pre-K through Post Graduate private school. Our community is dynamic, offering challenging academics, competitive athletics, and creative arts programs. Members of the community operate within a context of caring and respect as we pursue our quest for "useful knowledge" as "one school with three divisions." Students and faculty are encouraged to expand their horizons by balancing academics with athletic, dramatic, and musical options.