The hallways of Krieger Schechter Day School are like a rotating exhibit of student artwork. You'll see pencil drawings and watercolors, collages and mobiles, Papier Mache sculptures decorated with Mod Podge and oil pastels. Works in every medium showcase the skills and techniques our students learn from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. They also highlight the pride and joyful self-expression that accompany art making.
Art in the Curriculum
Krieger Schechter Day School places high value on the arts. Students are provided opportunities to come into contact with and create art that is relevant to their experiences and interests. They take risks, experience failure and move into their own success. Our curriculum provides learning that is sequential and cumulative. At every level, students learn to appreciate their own creative efforts as well as the efforts of their peers.
Judaic Art Curriculum
Piloted in 2009–10, our 6th Grade program in Judaic Art builds the connection between Judaism and the visual arts during their Judaics classes. Students undertake projects related to the holidays and Jewish language and culture. Past projects have included creating a pointer (yad) for reading Torah. Guest artists broaden students' exposure to the larger Jewish arts community.
A collaboration between the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and a core group of KSDS Lower School parents, the Picture-Parent Program introduces students to works in the BMA's permanent collection. We've studied illuminated Haggadot for Passover. We've looked at works by Monet, Cezanne and Calder. Parents give a little history, we study an artistic style and we create an original piece in that style. The program is an extension of what's going on in the classroom. It happens twice a year during school hours.