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Grades K-2 

Students focus on developing basic art skills. NDES Art curriculum covers a variety of artist from Van Gogh to Britto. Students use the elements of art as a guideline to making their art. Students learn about artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and Andy Warhol through various childrens books shared in class.

Grades 3-5

Students make more process-based art in these grade levels like papermaking and printmaking. Students explore a variety of mediums ranging in ink, paint and colored pencil. Students still explore a variety of artists and begin to make more independent decisions about their artwork.

In grade 3, students tour the Morgan Conservatory and learn the process of making paper. During the trip, students assemble and sew a book and make paper and experiment with different colors to produce marbled paper.  Samples of marble paper are compiled into a work of art and available to the highest bidder at the annual Art Auction.

Grades 6-8

Students use their basic art skills and their knowledge of the art process to create more individualized projects, like portraits, wire sculpture, photography and ceramics. They still use the elements of art as a guide but begin to add the principles of design into their creations as well. 

In grade 7, students take a field trip to the West Side Market for a glass blowing demonstration. During the tour of Cleveland, students practice their photography skills. All students photographs are assembled in a beautiful piece of art, available to the highest biddert at the yearly auction.

In grade 8, students participate in a "Day of Clay.  On this day, each student creates their own unique ceramic piece that is fired and glazed.