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Arts Education: Visual arts

The Visual arts curriculum consists of six strands. Each strand represents a medium for developing the child's expressive abilities. These strands are:

•Paint and colour
•Fabric and fibre.

Through these six strands, children explore the following seven visual elements when making, looking at, and responding to art: line, shape, form, colour and tone, pattern
and rhythm, texture and spatial organisation. The Visual arts curriculum emphasises
three starting points for the child's art activities:

•the child's own experience
•the child's imagination
•the child's observations.

In the Visual arts curriculum, the child is encouraged to look at and respond to a wide
variety of artworks. It is through talking about these artworks that the child develops
sensitivity to the visual elements, and begins to use them purposefully in his/her own
art-making. Of all the visual arts media, drawing has primary importance in the Visual
arts curriculum, and it is through drawing that children's development in art is most
evident. In making art, the process of making is as valuable as the final product.


Here at M.N.S. Ardee we like to incorporate an awareness of the environment into all areas of curricular development.

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a number of students constructed St. Patricks Day hats from recycled materials, namely newspaper.

See picture to the right.

Master Keane's Boys' St patrick's Day Hats

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