Art Corps at Jerabek Elementary School is a comprehensive, developmental curriculum that teaches art fundamentals by bringing process-oriented, hands-on art experience to the classroom. The program's success depends upon volunteers who are trained in workshops to teach art in the classroom. The program provides students with a cumulative set of skills and experiences.
Art Corps is a hands-on experience, allowing every child to experience their artistic abilities in a positive way. We believe that everyone is an artist. Art gives our children a unique opportunity to react to their environment and gives them a chance to develop individuality and self-esteem. Anyone can feel comfortable with art because there are no mistakes; there are no right or wrong answers. Every student has his or her own unique response to every lesson.
Throughout Art Corps, children are encouraged to experiment, to take chances, to explore and test new ideas. This gives children a sense of freedom that they do not always find in reading, writing, math, and social studies. We believe that this same freedom and experimentation enhances studies in other subjects. Children need opportunities to develop creativity and analytical skills in order to reach their full potential.
In a world that is becoming more and more technologically complex and structured, art gives children a unique opportunity to exercise their creative abilities in a positive noncompetitive atmosphere. Our goal is for each child and volunteer to feel good about their experience with art and to feel good about themselves.