In the Early Years the children work on Art Units which tie into their Unit of Inquiry programme, exploring painting, printing, collage, clay and construction, as well as going on trips to further their learning. In the final year of the Early Years programme the Transition class prepares and presents their own Art show after visiting the “Arte Fiera” here in Bologna.
In the Elementary classes the children work with a combination of “Stand-alone” Units as well as Units that are combined with their Unit of Inquiry. They explore painting, printing, construction, textile design, architecture, sculpture and recycled fashion. They are encouraged to keep sketch books and record things of interest to them on a weekly basis. There are many opportunities to further their learning outside the school environment as both ES2 and 3 look at Bologna as a city as well as the style of architecture and work on various projects in the city itself. In ES3 the children go on an Art trip to Ravenna where they look at the Byzantine mosaics and then compare them with mosaic work of the present day, then creating their own. The school is very lucky to have parents who have a mosaic company and have been involved in various projects with the children, culminating in the donation of two large-scale mosaics to the school.