1st semester means ELEMENTARY art time in the art room and I love it! Eager eyes and busy hands expecting new, challenging problems; no wonder the days just FLY by! Young brains benefit and grow from a rich, comprehensive art curriculum. We gather information and materials; we manipulate information and materials; we review, analyze, modify and display. There is an incredible amount of learning taking place when the whole brain is set in motion. 2nd graders learn about medieval castles as they are studying Paul Klee’s style of painting. 5th graders discover the art of the Oaxacan people of Mexico as they build their own 3-D, paper mache’ creature. Each class, K-6 meets once a week for approximately 1 hour. Students learn about other disciplines such as history, science, math and literature through the arts. That’s not to say we disregard art for art’s sake. The pure essence of painting and drawing is what keeps a child on task and enjoying his time. The history tidbits and cultural aspects intertwined into each art lesson keeps inquiring minds firing as all young minds should. ELEMENTARY art sets the groundwork for the more complex, involved art projects of the middle school years.