Visual Arts at The Newgrange School helps students bring out their creativity as well as develop their personality. Children performing arts helps them think creatively, improves their mental and imagination skills.
Project-based Curriculum and Hands-on Opportunities
The art program is designed around project-based work in a creative environment, giving the students chances to experience various innovative hands-on techniques. This involves the use of different types of artistic tools and mediums, such as graphite pencils, metallic watercolors, ink, colored pencils, acrylic paints, clay, wood, plastics, glass, and many others.
Technology transforms artistic learning strategies, and The Laurel School and The Newgrange School provide abundant resources including Mac computers, TV monitors, document cameras, iPads, Chromebooks, and SMART boards that take teaching art to the next level. Technology makes learning and research enjoyable in art. The creative process involved with our art projects, from the preliminary development of ideas to production is inspired through interactive visual exploration using Adobe Creative Suite, Google products, YouTube, PowerPoint presentations, and many other avenues. Discovering new ways to learn, such as our current virtual art class through Google Meet and Zoom, and promoting 21st-century skills have been very beneficial for developing creative thinking and communication in the art program.
Collaboration Drives Creativity
Whether the students are working on a project with classmates, contributing their talents to other subjects, or bouncing ideas around with Ms. Eleanor, they are building meaningful connections that can continue beyond their years at Newgrange- Laurel School.
Integrating Visual Arts with Other Subjects
There are many possibilities with visual literacy that support learning. Art is a natural fit for narrative because artwork tells a story. Newgrange students love art and stories. With inspiration from renowned authors and illustrators, students study the art of storytelling, book design, typography and representational art. The students researched many different types of book covers, sketched and drew their own characters, and designed their own lettering. This hands-on exercise connecting children’s literature and art encouraged the students’ active imagination. It challenged them to translate their thoughts and feelings about the story and characters in the book into a form of visual art.
“The greatest scientists are artists as well,” said Albert Einstein. A great deal of creativity is required to make scientific breakthroughs, and art is just as often an expression of and a product of scientific knowledge. Through explorations into the exciting fields of zoological, botanical, ornithological and medical illustrations, students are keen to observe and associate their hands-on learning from the print references, video presentations, books and photo research and were comfortably able to replicate and represent a detailed, hand-painted illustration of diverse topics. Connecting art and science gave the students additional insight into their shared learning experience.
Through art, we have the opportunity to go beyond just reading and watching about past events. When the students see the art made by people actually living in that time, when they think about it and re-create a work by drawing it, they get a more in-depth understanding of that time. We get to see the context, and really experience it ourselves in a creative way. The students are encouraged to make connections between the work of art and the concepts they’re studying — to make those connections analytically and aesthetically. It’s truly enjoyable to render the art inside and outside the classroom using various materials that represents the actual sceneries, artifacts, paintings and many other phenomenal discoveries in the world.
The Newgrange School
800 North Road
Hopewell, NJ 08534
Mon – Fri 8:00A.M. – 4:00P.M.