At The ArtReach Atelier, we search for the Creative Genius in each student each day with the following components of our environment:
The Creative Method:
It’s important to take the time to learn and research our ideas to best formulate an approach before getting involved with the final materials. Students will learn to temper their ideas with a little bit of advance prep before final creations are attempted with our very own 4-step Creative Method. This process teaches the foundation of being a creative thinker by including an evaluative piece that leads back to the first step in the method.
Experiment/Art Lab Component:
Trying out the “what if?” question engages the core of our imagination and is how we feed innovation. Because we believe students are capable people who can drive their own learning, students will be allowed to think outside the box as they experiment with the harmonious elements of science and art.
Real life application/Examples in Nature:
Through exposure to examples found in our natural/man made environments, students will learn to see the world through the eyes of an artist
Skills are important to the artist, no matter what age, so there will be plenty of time for Thought Investigation and the personal freedom to explore one’s own ideas with real art materials.
Set up/Clean up:
Students will learn how to handle materials responsibly and be expected to clean up and keep their work area tidy.
Art is a process that takes repeated problem solving and a flexible approach. This is modeled as well as taught.
We teach a concept we call “Idea Sharing” which eliminates competition and fosters collaboration. We all benefit in a world where we know how to work with others in a respectful give and take manner and since Giving is one of the foundational cores of ArtReach, collaboration is key.
Students will be challenged to consider how art influences our culture in positive ways and how that begins with each individual. The goal of our youth programs is that each student will be able to recognize what their own personal Creative Genius is and how to use it for good for the rest of their lives.