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The North Haven Elementary Art Program provides students with a rich foundation in art. The program incorporates the National Art Education Standards. The Elementary Art Program is sequential and includes four areas of study:

Art Production, Art Criticism, Art History and Aesthetics.

Art Production is the making of art, and the various components of making art, such as use of tools, manipulation of  media, form and expression.

Art Criticism is the examination and discussion of style, formal principles of design and elements of art.

Art History is not just "who made what when," but is the history of objects and the history of people through art. Works of art provide a unique documentation of cultural changes throughout history.

Aesthetics is the philosophy of art. Philosophical questions about art seem to be unanswerable. What is art? What is good art? What is beauty?

It is important in the study of art that students engage their brains, think about what they are doing, learning, and feeling.

Through this approach our students not only learn to understand art from various cultures times and places but, they are also given the tools to be visual thinkers and creative problem solvers. Art teaches them to be self expressive and increases their self worth and confidence. Art gives students a verbal and visual voice to express themselves. Students in grades K-5 work in media such as crayon, paint, clay, print-making, paper maché, and collage and master skills such as cutting,    pasting, painting, etc. Lessons integrate classroom themes in language arts, social studies, and science, and math while incorporating art history, aesthetics, and art criticism.

   The curriculum for each grade level is designed to nurture students’ creativity and problem-solving skills. In class students use a variety of media (materials), apply the elements and principles of art to their work, respond with appropriate vocabulary and evaluate the outcome of their work and the work of others.

   The goal of the elementary art educators is to provide students the opportunity to observe and make rational judgments about art and the world around them.

Above all, we hope students will learn about, enjoy and appreciate creating and viewing art.


Extra ART? If you are looking for an art workshop or an extra art class for your child, I found some nearby programs you might want to look into:

In North Haven /Parks and




In New


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Visit an ART Gallery with your family and explore ART together



Yale Art Gallery-its free and at 1pm on the second Sunday of each month, the gallery invites families for Stories and Art. Tales of distant times and faraway lands that will inspire children of all ages to view art in new ways. Gallery teaching staff tell folktales, myths, and exciting stories from all over the world.

New Britain Museum of American Art-$12 for adults and children under 12 are free. A special feature of this museum includes an Art Lab for families on the first floor of the building, complete with hands-on art projects that can be pursued independently by visitors. The ever-popular costume rack, interpreting clothing portrayed in the Museum’s permanent collection.


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art-$10 for adults and children under 12 are free. Arrive before 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month and enjoy free admission for the day. Check the calendar for each month’s special family programs.


Florence Griswold Museum-$10 for adults and children under 12 are free. Ask for a scavenger hunt sheet with a list of objects to find and get a prize.


How to visit an ART GALLERY


Go to an art gallery with your children and experience art together.

 You don't have to be an artist to appreciate art.

Things you can discuss as you look at the artwork.

1. Viewing any work of art you can explore basic Elements of ART such as line, shape, and color to understand how an artist builds a work.

 2. Observe landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes by exploring the point of view of one of the characters, follow the sequence of events, make predictions, and focus on the setting to reveal the narrative in different works of art.

 3. Discover animals real and imaginary in the museum’s collection.

 4. Looking at portraits and discuss the identification and placement of the features of the face, as well as clues to feelings through facial expressions.

 5. Compare the people and objects in the works of art to what we know today. Discuss how people and places from the past are different than today.

 6. Look at sculptures and try posing in a similar way to the statues.










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