Instruction in the visual arts begins in first grade, where students learn about the elements of art and principles of design. Each year, curriculum is built upon the previous year, allowing students to elevate in skill from one year to the next. Art-making integrates themes and concepts that children also explore through science, math, history and literature. Students learn about various genres of art and can identify the works of the most notable artists.
Students work with various mediums including collage, chalk, oil pastels, tempera, watercolor and acrylic, and learn techniques for printing, weaving and perspective drawings.
One of the most beloved traditions at SJEDS is centered around clay. Beginning in first grade, students handcraft an individual piece of the nativity. By the time a student graduates from sixth grade, they have a complete, priceless set.