Art

The mission of Hanover County Schools' visual arts program is to engage students in thinking creatively and solving problems in order to communicate visually in the 21st century. The universal language of art allows students to make connections and comprehend themes of expression around the world, past and present.

Students working on a class assignmentContact

Mrs. Whitney Hales, Art Teacher

Our Program

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade at John M. Gandy Elementary attend art once a week for 45 minutes. The content of the elementary art program includes history and cultural studies, core content integration such as literature and math connections, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art techniques and processes, and a variety of topics to encourage creativity and (self) expression. 

We strive to expose students at every grade to different art-making processes such as painting, drawing, sculpting, and collage or multi-media type projects. Third graders learn about different cultures and artists around the world while continuing to develop fine motor skills. In fourth and fifth grades, students dig deeper into creative problem solving, developing perseverance, and practice with different processes involved in art making.

We send artwork home throughout the year but also give students the opportunity for their art to be displayed within the school and around the community. While some art is created for a beautiful end product, keep in mind that it also can be made strictly for the process, and sometimes there’s even more fun and learning in that!

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