In a world where art is slowly disappearing from school focus, Meadowbrook understands the importance of ensuring its inclusion in our elementary program. Manipulating a paintbrush improves fine motor skills. By experimenting with different materials, students dabble in science. Creating artwork helps learners develop problem-solving skills. Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. And, visual arts teach learners about color, layout, perspective, and balance- all techniques that are necessary for future presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.
The Meadowbrook Art curriculum is a favorite of Meadowbrook students. It is a place where you can find excitement, choices, voices, music, and smiles. And through all the sights and sounds, you'll find beautiful works of art being created by students in all grades.
Every grade works with a variety of mediums - crayons, markers, pencils, pastels, paints, and charcoal. Additionally, every student creates projects in printmaking, ceramics, and three-dimensional sculptures. Art history, social studies, and multicultural lessons are the common threads woven throughout the art program during a student’s time at Meadowbrook.
An impressive art studio encourages creativity and artistic exploration. The school’s extensive art gallery, constantly updated with student work helps excite the students about their art. In addition to the on-campus art facilities, trips to The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts are just some of the wonderful places Meadowbrook students experience.
The art curriculum at the Meadowbrook School is a structured sequential program which is oriented toward problem-solving and encourages students to challenge themselves daily. Meadowbrook has established an inviting, exciting, and inspiring environment where students learn to be creative, seek individuality, and express their ideas through their artwork with unlimited possibilities. The art room is a place to feel free, relaxed and experimental. Students are encouraged to continue to improve their skills, their knowledge and their love of art. The knowledge and experience they acquired in art will remain with them. So why wait until college to have the first art history course? Have it at Meadowbrook in Pre-Kindergarten.
Initially, children learn by stimulation, motivation, and training, but ultimately, children and adults alike only continue to learn through connection, exposure, and repetition. Art education is only truly understood when one can appreciate it in terms of its value to history, science, literature, technology, philosophy and therefore through the entire school curriculum. Once children can see the relationship of art to other aspects of their world, they will be able to see the importance it has in their future.