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A Coeducational School | Early Learners to Third Grade
Teaching & Learning


Art provides abundant opportunities for self-expression and learning. Pre-Kindergarten children are invited to explore a variety of art materials. The result is the nurturing of creative thinking and an elementary understanding of colors, lines, shapes, patterns and textures. Beauvoir children learn to appreciate the uniqueness of themselves and others. Drawing, painting, clay modeling, printing, sculpting, paper construction and puppetry are all part of the Pre-Kindergarten’s art activities.

Along with an increased understanding of color, line, shape, pattern and texture, Kindergarteners begin to create and name symbols to express their feelings and ideas. Beauvoir children experience art through drawing, painting, clay modeling, printing and a wide range of other art media. They might study the art of Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent Van Gogh and Alexander Calder. Students are developing greater control of materials at this age. Children’s literature is often used to inspire lessons. Students in Kindergarten also experience a unique Spanish and art collaborative instructional lesson to practice new Spanish vocabulary words related to the art that they create. 

First Grade
Arts education benefits First Graders because it cultivates the whole child, gradually building many kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication. Through art, students gain powerful tools for understanding human experiences, both past and present, learn to respect different ways of thinking and working and learn to make decisions in situations where there are no standard answers. In art, students stimulate their natural creativity and learn to develop it to meet the needs of a complex and competitive society. 

Second Grade
Beauvoir's visual arts program strives to create an artistic environment that will encourage and stimulate children to think creatively and to enjoy problem-solving in new and different ways. We seek to encourage each child’s natural creativity by introducing them to a wide variety of art media and tools. In Second Grade art, students continue to develop observational and listening skills, find support as they learn how to create and find independent solutions with "their hands", and are exposed to the value of organizing and completing an idea.

Third Grade
Art for Third Graders focuses on how aesthetic experiences relate to each child's daily life. Third graders learn how to observe increasingly subtle qualities in different art forms. Drawing is an important emphasis as a basis for understanding architecture and the environment. Other mediums are explored in greater detail and depth. Students have a combination of structured experiences as well as opportunities to work in their favorite art medium. Their artwork is saved in a portfolio as a culmination of the children's creative efforts.

3500 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: (202) 537-6485
Fax: (202) 537-6512

Our Mission

At Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, we provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Beauvoir’s program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning.
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