Under the guidance of Art Teacher Jessica Bullers, the ICMS Art Program follows the Indiana Academic Standards by producing art, fostering a creative response to history and culture, discussing visual literacy, and engaging students with interdisciplinary lessons.

During the ICMS school year, art classes will learn a variety of artistic skills such as printmaking, sculpture, painting, weaving, graphic design, illustration, and pottery. Some multimedia projects involve the use of a number of these mediums — and more.

Art History is woven into almost every lesson by introducing artists and artwork that pertain to the current project. There is also an “-ism of the Month” bulletin board that displays works of art from various artists from a specific period or style, such as Cubism, Impressionism, Superrealism, and Renaissance Art. As well, ICMS Art classes focus on developing students’ sense of visual literacy. This incorporates analysis, critique, interpretation, description, and reflection on art of various subjects, time periods, and/or cultures.

Integrating other subjects with art helps students to better understand art from different perspectives as well as complements their growing knowledge on topics studied in other classes. This unique learning approach is known as interdisciplinary lesson planning. In the ICMS Art classroom, one quarter might focus on producing art with mathematics in mind, such as learning about space, perspective, shapes, forms, and measurement; while another grading period might focus on language arts, social studies, or culture and diversity. Interdisciplinary lesson planning is being heralded in education circles as the wave of the future, yet here at ICMS, it is already an essential part of our Art program.

During the year, the walls of the school are covered in art being produced by the students to promote a sense of pride and accomplishment. Some of the students at ICMS have had the opportunity to display their art in community establishments and have also been involved in conceiving ideas for a community mural. During your next visit to ICMS, be sure to take a look at our incredibly creative student artwork, or visit Ms. Bullers’ blog.