Ua lehulehu a manomano ka ‘ikena a ka Hawai‘i-Great and numerous is the knowledge of the Hawaiians. We create, share and apply knowledge in purposeful and relevant ways.
The visual arts are basic to individual development and expression. Students learn that they can communicate feelings, ideas, and emotions through drawing, painting, and sculpture. They explore new techniques and new materials. They are encouraged to problem-solve, to reflect, and to be responsible for their learning.
Activities in kindergarten and first grade provide opportunities for students to observe the world in a different context. Using new vocabulary of line, shape, color, and texture, students study, draw, and paint their ‘ohana and the environment around them.
Students are given opportunities to explore, to take risks, and to try new materials and ideas. They use round and flat brushes, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, tempera and watercolor paints. They sculpt with clay and weave with leaves from Hawaiian plants.
An art sketchbook and journal is started in kindergarten and continued through the third grade. Students are encouraged to brainstorm, to plan, to reflect, and to revise.
Everyone is an artist and can experience the creative process. Art at home is a unique gift. A family art program provides quality time to create together, to share common experiences, to express ideas and feelings to support each other. Avoid any negative experiences. Instead, encourage originality, flexibility, and experimentation.