Art lessons are tailored to the age ranges of the classes to suit their developing skills. In the early stages of art classes at Rubicon Academy students are introduced gradually to the elements of art: line, shape, form, value, color, space, texture. Focus is largely on engaging children through sensory activities, developing fine motor skills, and experimenting with art mediums to give them a sense of how the media behaves. As students move up in age group, They are reinforced with the elements of art through interesting art lessons, and they are also introduced to the principles of design: balance, emphasis, movement, pattern repetition, proportion, rhythm, variety, unity. Students begin to keep a sketchbook to record experiments with new art materials and techniques, as well as practice sketches.
Advanced art students are challenged further with opportunities to reflect upon art concepts and art genres through class discussions, critiques, and writing activities. The art memory portion of Rubicon’s curriculum, an additional art class for advanced art students, is very instrumental in the development of students’ knowledge and appreciation of a variety of artworks, artists, and genres.