Our Visual Arts Program is part of what makes Coeur d'Alene students' educational experience so special and unique. A 1992 study by David W. Baker, former editor of School Arts magazine, reported that full 80 percent of grade-schoolers considered outstanding achievers by their teachers also demonstrate artistic skill and have received art instruction since preschool (view source here).
Art seems to boost mathematical reasoning, creative problem-solving, reading proficiency and language ability - most likely by stimulating connections in the brain necessary for later learning.
Art helps young people develop discipline, perseverance, an ability to classify, sort, think critically, communicate, and other skills that can be useful in a job.
The process of choosing colors, determining where a line should go, selecting shapes and discovering what different combinations produce are also important and empowering learning experiences!
OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Through our Visual Arts Program, Sorensen not only strives to develop and expand students' imagination and creative expression, but also to instill an appreciation of Visual Arts knowledge and skills through art history, criticism, and aesthetics. Teacher collaboration allows cross-curricular project integration and lifelong value through varied practical applications. Instruction begins in kindergarten with the basic elements of design (color, shape, line, form, value, space and texture.) Gradually, as students move toward the 6th grade, they are introduced to the principles of design (rhythm, contrast, unity, emphasis, movement, pattern and balance.) Students are also exposed to museums, Native American and other multicultural art forms and careers in the arts, including design and architecture.
Want to see some examples of artwork from our amazing young artists? Click here.
The Coeur d’Alene School District complies with all applicable laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or older), genetic information, veteran status or disability in any educational programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance or in employment practices. The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance with this nondiscrimination policy may be directed to the Section 504 Program Coordinator or Director of Human Resources at the District Office, 1400 N. Northwood Center Ct., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814, (208) 664-8241.