RCLS provides art education for students in kindergarten through grade eight. Kindergarten students begin art education in February (second semester of each year). Grades one through eight receive art education throughout the entire school year.
Elementary art students (grades K-4) focus on learning the basics of art creation; students are introduced to a variety of artistic media and styles. Students learn a great deal about the elements of art through viewing various works of art and discussing what they see, while learning about the history of each piece and artist. Kindergarten students receive art instruction once a week for approximately 30 minutes throughout the second semester; first through fourth grade students receive art instruction once a week for approximately 45 minutes throughout the school year.
Middle school art students (grades 5-8) continue to refine their artistic skills by viewing works created by many different artists in a variety of media. At this level students are expected to know vocabulary associated with artistic skills as well as create works of art using a variety of media in many styles. Students continue to learn about and use all different types of media as well as a range of techniques used in each medium. Middle school students receive art instruction once a week for approximately 45 minutes throughout the school year.
Studio work time is very important for both elementary and middle school art. Students create original works of art based on the art styles and movements they learn about in class. Students at all levels use a wide range of media including: paint (watercolor, tempera and acrylic), marker, ink, colored pencil, pastel, oil pastels, crayon, collage materials, and clay.