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Hands-On Art best describes the activities that take place in the Lower School art room. Students in grades 1-6 are encouraged to explore, take chances and strive for excellent craftsmanship. They are introduced to the elements of design (space, line, shape, form, color, value and texture) and work with a variety of materials in challenging projects.

Drawing: materials include pencil, charcoal, pastels, crayons, markers, resist for batik, fabric writers, scratchboard and the computer.

Painting and Printmaking: materials include tempra, acrylics, inkodyes, watercolor, ink, colored pencils,chalk, oil pastels, and the computer.

Sculpture: materials include clay, wire, wood, cardboard, plexiglas, paper mache, leather, fabric and model magic.

   Mixed Media: projects include enameling on copper, making fabric banners, stitching batik pillows, creating friendly plastic jewelry, embossing on cards, making paper, cooking, weaving and doing simple photo work.

   Integrating art with the academic departments is important in providing a well-rounded program. Integration of subjects enhances students' experiences. Art projects involving science, language arts, mathematics, religion, and social studies take on new meaning and characteristics. Student create stage sets, props and costumes to enhance grade level productions..

   The Lower School students and art teacher take an active role in the community by sharing creations with hospitals, care homes, the Meals on Wheels program, and by working with other schools in Hawaii as well as other states and countries. Sharing and caring is often emphasized in these projects. The art room is set up as a working art gallery viewed by many parents and guests of the school.

    Kindergarten students go to the art room to create special projects as often as they can be scheduled. They also receive art instruction on a daily basis in the regular

classroom. First through sixth grade students go to the art room once a week for 55 minutes. After-school art classes are available for students as an enrichment program. 

  The Lower School art teacher knows students' strengths and areas for improvement and offers praise, recognition, support and individual help when needed. The art creations reflect a background in basic art combined with new trends, approaches and materials available in today's world. Students have opportunity to be creative, productive, and critical in art.