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At Sir John Thompson our Art program is an integral part of our Fine Arts program.  For more information please see below for our 'Why Fine Arts?' information.

The Art program at Sir John Thompson is an innovative and extensive program that introduces students to a wide variety of artwork, projects, and skills. Students have the opportunity to work on graphite or coloured pencil drawings, pastel renderings, sculptures, watercolour and acrylic paintings, and mixed media compositions. This unique program also introduces students to the creation of digital artwork using the iPad and a variety of applications. This learning opportunity can open doors to future careers for the students of Sir John Thompson. Through a balanced approach of combining technology and traditional art techniques, the Art program at Sir John Thompson offers a distinctive experience for all students in the classes.

In the Art 7 program the students experiment with the elements of art and design and are introduced to 2 and 3 dimensional compositions. Students in Art 7 will also be introduced to the basics of using technology to create digital artwork and compositions.

The Art 8 and 9 students expand on these skills creating compositions in two and three dimensions, investigating the effects of controlling form, color and space in response to selected visual problems. They use a variety of media to complete projects such as sculptures, relief compositions, paintings and drawings and are involved in research in order to study the history of art and the compositions of individual artists.

Why Fine Arts?  Fine arts are essential to the human experience! Almost as soon as motor skills are developed, children communicate through artistic expression. The arts challenge us with different points of view, compel us to empathize with others, and give us the opportunity to reflect on the human condition. In education, when students are introduced to and exposed to fine arts, they can experience many benefits not only in school but also in life including… 

  • Creativity—The arts allow students to express themselves better than the core subjects. When students have practice thinking creatively, it will come to them more naturally as they get older. 
  • Improved Academic Performance—The arts don’t just develop a child’s creativity—the skills they learn spill over into academic achievement. Students who participate in the arts regularly are more likely receive academic achievement awards than students who do not. 
  • Confidence—The arts give students a chance to step outside their comfort zone. As they master a technique or skill, their self-confidence grows. 
  • Decision Making—The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students learn how to make choices and decisions as they work through the different projects and skills they learn in fine arts classes. 
  • Perseverance—The arts can be challenging, and there are many times when students may become frustrated or discouraged, but with practice and hard work, students quickly overcome obstacles. This creates a mindset in students that with hard work and perseverance, they can work through and succeed in other difficult situations. 
  • Focus—Being able to focus is imperative and vital for studying and learning many subjects. The arts can develop that increased focus needed for success in school. As students work through a variety of art projects or a musical piece in individual practice, they develop the ability to ignore distractions around them and focus on the task only. 

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