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.

Mrs. Bailey running with a smile


Hana Bailey, Art Teacher

Our Program

Our goal for the young artists at Gandy is to provide an art experience that allows each student the opportunity to build:

  • Creative problem solving skills through intentional choice making
  • A positive sense of community through working together and learning from one another
  • Responsibility through consistent classroom routines and time management
  • Art appreciation through learning art history, multicultural themes, and various art processes
  • Character development through learning to value their personal artwork and that of others
  • Innovation by working through mistakes and problem solving

Our Mission

Our mission is to equip every child with the art skills that allow them to create and express themselves creatively. We integrate every art lesson with core subject areas and specific learning standards to help children connect classroom learning.

Frequently Asked Art Questions

What types of materials are used in the art room?

We use a variety of materials, most of which are consumable. We go through a lot of paints, pastels, markers, and paper. We also use craft materials when we study folk art and modeling clays for 3D projects. You never know what might show up in the art room!

Students artworks displayed in the hallway

Where is my child's artwork?

Sometimes we mount or frame artwork for display. This artwork will eventually make its way home; it just takes a little patience. Other times, we experiment with new technique so there is no final take-home project. We attempt to ensure that all artwork finds its way home by the end of the semester.

What can I do to foster my child's creativity?

Let your child create. A lot of people think children shouldn’t be told what to create, but most need help finding a starting point. In my experience, students always have the most trouble with "free draw" assignments. Give your children space, materials, and visual ideas, and sit back and watch them create.

How can I get involved?

We always need art room volunteers! Let us know when and where you’d like to help or if you have any special skills you’d like to share. We will put you to work! (All JGES volunteer requirements/rules apply. For more information, please review the information on our Get Involved page.

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