Students learn best when they’re having fun! Each grade level has suggested Art appreciation activities and games to teach art in an engaging way.
The PTA Art Appreciation program enables all DSE students to experience the joy of learning art and art history. The hands-on, creative-based activities are organized by PTA volunteers who guide students within the classroom. All teaching materials and supplies are funded by the DSES PTA. Art Appreciation Guides are PTA volunteers who guide monthly classroom art lessons with the supervision of school staff. All of the teaching materials and supplies are provided. Presentations run October through March.
The Coordinator maintains education materials and supplies and helps train the classroom Art Appreciation volunteers. This Art Enrichment Program is a fun, creative and educational program that supplements DSE students’ already extensive art education with regular, parent-led projects throughout the school year. The PTA-funded art enrichment committee comes up with new and different projects every year, each of which first teaches students about a particular artist or artistic tradition (often connected to the curriculum or a local museum exhibit) and then leads students in a hands-on art project inspired by the same artist or tradition. The art committee provides all the supplies, and volunteers do not need any prior experience, just enthusiasm for the creative process!
What is Art Appreciation?
Art can have so much emotion and the ability to stimulate all senses. In many ways art appreciation teaches qualities such as listening, observing and responding to multiple perspectives. Art appreciation is something the Dripping Springs Elementary School strive to instill in students. It encompasses so much more than just looking at a piece of art or learning about the artist.
Art is not meant to be looked at only for what it is. It is meant to stimulate thought because it allows viewers to draw their own emotions and pull from their personal experiences when viewed.
Art Appreciation is more then just art.
Promoting these conversations about art help students develop visual thinking skills where they are able to observe closely, describe what they see in detail, and also provide evidence for their observations. The more you appreciate and understand the art of different eras, movements, styles and techniques, the better you can develop, evaluate and improve your own artwork