• Philosophy

    At FCS we use the TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) method of teaching art.  Teaching for Artistic Behavior is a philosophical approach to art education that places the children at the center of art making choices. The foundation for this education model builds on three principles, known as the Three-Sentence TAB Curriculum. 1) What do artists do?  2) The child is the artist 3) the classroom is the child’s studio.   If you’d like to learn more about TAB you can visit teachingforartisticbehavior.org


    7thGrade Art-At the 7thGrade level students at FCS take a half-year course of art.  We focus on the following studio areas:  Drawing, Painting, Paper Art, Ceramics and Printmaking.  We focus on genres of art such as portraiture, still life, landscape, abstraction and non-figurative art.

     Studio in Art-Studio art is your "sampler platter" of art education.  We explore and create work in all the of the different art studio area (drawing, painting, fibers, paper art, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, crafts, photography, and graphic arts).  For each studio area you will learn about materials, skills, techniques, and artists that create in these media.  Studio art gives you a wide array of art experiences to help you decide what areas you like best and if you'd like to continue art in the future.  This class will give you a solid art foundation to build on in years to come.

    Art 2,3,4-These are more specialized and advanced art class that can be chosen after you've built an art foundation in studio art.  Each quarter you will get to choose the studio area(s) (drawing, painting, fibers, paper art, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, crafts, photography, and graphic arts) you focus on.  You will still be learning materials, skills, techniques and art history but you will take more of a lead role in the direction of your learning.  The student is the artist and gets much more artistic freedom in their work.


    Grading Policy

    HS Art grading is divided into two categories:

    Small Projects-This component is 30 percent of the final grade.  This includes skill builders, media explorations and all smaller projects.

    Projects-This component is 70 percent of the final grade. This includes all long-term projects throughout the course.

    *Projects are graded by a rubric that is focused on the Studio Habits of Mind.  The eight components of the SHOM include Develop Craft, Engage and Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, Stretch and Explore, Understand the World of Art.

    Homework Policy

    Normally homework is not given in art at FCS, but if a student is falling behind on a class project they are welcome to take it home to catch up.  And of course, creating art at home for fun is always encouraged.

    Materials Requirement

    Students in MS/HS courses at FCS are required to have a folder and a sketchbook.  Beyond that, all art materials and resources are provided.