Children in grades 1 to 5 at St. Thomas
are introduced to a planned and sequential study of the elements of art and principles of design in the art classroom. The elements they study are line, color, shape, texture, and value. The principles of design they learn are emphasis, balance, pattern, and unity.
Students are allowed to experiment with many different art materials as they learn to develop and manipulate skills and to express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas through the use of the visual arts. The art scope and sequence, with its emphasis on the elements of art and principles of design, integrates the study of the visual arts with what the children are learning in their classroom studies.
In art class, the emphasis is placed on the fine arts, native crafts, architecture, history, and culture of the subjects being studied in the other content areas. The children study weekly in a spacious art room, filled with windows and light, the ideal setting for the study of the visual arts.