Fostering a Creative Spirit
St. John's is blessed to have two wonderfully creative art teachers in Mrs. Thobe and Mrs. Codding. The range of techniques and mediums that they present to our students is especially evident in our spring art show, Expression Explosion. Students are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, developing a sense of innovation that will carry into their adult lives. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics through drawing, sculpting with clay, and painting all develop visual-spatial skills, which are more important ever in our technology-driven world.
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay,
and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
We want our students to be creative, not only because it strengthens their minds, but because it is also beneficial to their bodies! Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. Making art provides opportunities for our teachers to share words for colors, shapes and actions beyond the basic structures students learned as very young children.
The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other areas of instruction at St. John's. Art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills through encouraging students to use descriptive words when discussing their own creations or to talk about what feelings are elicited when they see different styles of artwork. The process of mixing mediums, building creative projects, and discussing art and creativity reinforces the lessons our students are learning in Science, Math, English, Technology, Social Science and so much more!