Overview of the visual arts curriculum

Where do we begin?

The Visual arts curriculum emphasizes 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.