Hello and Welcome to Art on the Wheel!
The Academy runs its 4th and 5th grades on a wheel schedule. Students' 1st-4th hour morning classes will remain the same day-to-day, but their 5th and 6th hour afternoon classes will rotate every day on a three-day cycle. For Remote Learning, this means Day 1 is Monday, Day 2 is Tuesday, and Day 3 is Thursday.
- Our projects and creations are based on the Elements and Principles of Art and incorporate history, current events, and cross-curricular references.
- Students will be challenged to think creatively but also must learn to follow directions.
- Students are evaluated on their own skills and strengths and not compared to others. Art is a unique experience in that the doing of it is sometimes more important than the end product. Students are encouraged to simply try their best, follow instructions, and put in a 100% effort to grasp techniques and skills.
- Slow Down: So often students get excited with a project and rush into it, or rush to finish. Art is not a race and requires thought and care, so take your time so that your project turns out the way you want it to.
- Draw LIGHTLY: Everyone strives for perfection and their personal best, and while art can be successful when imperfect (and is actually sometimes enhanced by small "mistakes"), it is much easier to enjoy your work when not bothered by silly blemishes. Drawing with a lighter hand from the start of the project, so that any dislikes or mistakes can be easily erased, will make work much easier and a lot more enjoyable.
- Think: Think about what you want to do with your project before you start. Work out all the kinks in the planning stage.
- Practice!: Much of the physical part of art is simply using hand-eye coordination. If you practice drawing, sculpting, cutting, gluing, etc., you will improve.