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Making Chinese soldiers in clay

Creativity and self-expression are valued as part of the overall academic experience at Topeka Collegiate. Beginning in preschool, lower school students travel to the art room for classes combining an introduction to fundamental elements of art with instruction in a variety of media and techniques. Integrated into the curriculum are lessons about famous artists, important artistic traditions and art history. At the annual Lower School Art Show, young artists’ work is displayed in a gallery-like setting. Visitors are likely to hear a second grader telling his family about Henri Rousseau’s Cat in the Jungle or a first grader explaining warm and cool colors.

Middle school art students are given creative latitude to complete projects based on well-known artists’ distinctive styles. Interpretations of a single artist’s work might range from computer-manipulated photographs to drawings with dramatic interplay between light and shadow. Instruction begins with a grounding in the famous artist’s style and technique, then encourages students to produce work that is reflective of themselves and the environment around them. The result is an increased aptitude for analysis and interpretation and a higher level of aesthetic judgment. 

Hot Dog and Cool Cat--1st Grade
"L" Nose Portrait--1st Grade
On the Way (car clipart)--1st Grade
Ice Cream 8-up -- 1st Grade
Beehive Color Wheel--2nd Grade
Beehive Color Wheel--2nd Grade
Four Season's Tree -- 2nd Grade
Overlapping Geometric Squares -- 2nd Grade
Overlapping Geometric Squares -- 2nd Grade
Silhouette Vase--2nd Grade

Proud artist points to her painting

All students at Topeka Collegiate receive weekly art instruction from a dedicated specialist. Each grade level has its own curriculum, and students enjoy creating artwork to be displayed at our school's annual show


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