About the Bruce Elementary Art Program
Bruce Elementary School is an elementary (kindergarten through sixth grade) school in Memphis, Tennessee. It is an arts-focused school which is in partnership with the Memphis Arts Council's Center for Art's Education. This means that entire school attends two exhibits or performances, before which the classes have lessons taught by various artists which relate to the exhibit or performance, works of art, that they will be seeing. This is to prepare the students to see the exhibit or performance, afterwhich there is a follow-up visit with the artist. The teachers teach lessons in their classrooms which incorporate the arts.
The Art program at Bruce Elementary School incorporates the arts, which means all the arts. Since we see exhibits and performances, some of the art projects relate to those works of art; others are based on the principles of art and the elements of design. The art lessons are concept-based and spiral through the grades, so that concepts are taught through the grades and becoming increasingly difficult as the expectations for each grade increases.
This year, each student made a hand-made book after visiting "The Art of Dr. Seuss" at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens and made a clay creature like the creatures that Dr. Seuss created. Each student also illustrate the thought, "It's A Wonderful, Colorful World." These are the pictures that you see on the web.