The Bridge Boston Art program has continued to grow and flourish as integral part in our mission to combine joy and education.  We use the TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) model which allows for students to explore their own voice through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, fibers, sculpture, and a variety of other chosen media.  The core of this philosophy is to hold the student as artist and the art room as their studio. 

In the upper grades, we have additionally designed a curriculum around promoting justice through art, called Artistic Choice and Voice. Students create their own body of work that shows their reflections on the themes of Identity, Community, Place, Dreams, and Change.

See our school Artsonia gallery here!

Art by Grade

K1 – In K1, we explore Dot, Line, Shape, Color, Texture, and Form! We do this by using a variety of materials and processes: drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, fibers, and sculpture.

K2 – Students dive deeper into the concepts we learned about in K1. We add more materials and make more of our own choices about what we want to do in art!

1st – This is the year where students transition to art centers. We learn about how artists get ideas for their work, how they set up, work, and clean up their own art spaces, and how to keep up with their portfolios!Sittenfeld266_56A4037

2nd – This is the year where students get to use the art studio! We use the full centers, maintain our portfolios, and get our very own sketchbooks.

3rd – In 3rd grade, we continue work at the art centers, and further develop our Studio Habits of Mind.

4th – By 4th grade, students should curate their own body of artwork and develop an idea over time.Sittenfeld351_56A4254 (1)

5th – Students use the art centers as a voice to explore Identity, Community, Place, Dreams, and Change.
Students will design and create their own social justice end-of-year projects that use art to positively interact with their communities.

Art Centers

Sittenfeld347_56A4247Drawing: Students use a variety of Drawing materials, including crayons, colored pencils, makers, oil pastels, chalk pastels, charcoal, and the classic pencil.

Painting: Both watercolor and acrylic paints are available for students to use, as well as a variety of brushes.

Collage: Students use paper and glue to make their original collage designs. Patterned scissors, construction paper, magazines, and recycled artwork are all here.

Fibers: With yarn, fabric, needles, and a variety of other tools, students are able to weave, sew, and knit their own creations.Sittenfeld350_56A4253

Printmaking: Students can make their own stamps and use them to print an image over and over again.

Sculpture: Here we can make a variety of 3D work with cardboard, wood, clay, and various other materials.

Digital Art: Students can use class iPads to create their own digital photography, stop-motion animation movies, or to code in a program called Scratch.
Students maintain their own sketchbooks and portfolios to record their ideas and store their work throughout the year.