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Primary Curriculum

Primary/ Art and Design Thinking Curriculum

The Art and Design Thinking Curriculum helps students develop their creativity, as well as the ability to communicate their understanding of the world around them. In learning to express themselves in visual ways, students will sharpen their powers of observation, imagination and invention.


Each project throughout the course of the year, incorporates one or more of the “Elements of Design” which include line, shape, color, texture and composition.  The students work with either electronic, mechanical or computer-generated art. Digital, mechanical and electrical art should be linked to a creative process. The students are presented with these elements in a fashion that allows them to view these media as a creative outlet.


Design Thinking

Design Thinking is related to inquiry-based learning where the students learn problem-solving, decision-making, creativity, sketching and prototyping skills. During Design Thinking the designer's attention moves between their understanding of a problematic context and their potential ideas which will provide a solution.