The Lewis Elementary art program follows the Discipline-Based Art Education (DBAE) methods developed by the Getty Education Institute. DBAE seeks to teach art through four disciplines:
Art Production – students learn techniques to create original work
Art History – students study artists to learn about the artist’s environment, influences, and style
Art Criticism – students evaluate forms of art to gain appreciation and critical-thinking skills
Aesthetics – students employ inquiry-based thinking through discussion of form, methods, medium and individual responses to art.
Lewis teachers develop a year-long art curriculum based on month by month focuses such as line, color, tints and shades, shape, texture and perspective. For over 20 years, the annual Lewis Art Night gives students the opportunity to share their work with parents and community. The school transforms into a gallery and student docents explain art concepts to visitors. Also on display are permanent installations created by past students and artists-in-residence.
In addition, through our work with the Right Brain Initiative and Young Audiences students have additional opportunities to work with artists in residence. Last year the Lewis PTA provided additional support for our art program by purchasing the Arts Attack Art Curriculum as a supplement to our other work. Lewis Elementary is a past winner of the prestigious Sunburst Award for exemplary work in art education.