• ART PROGRAM

    Longfellow’s visual art magnet strives to creatively combine all the best elements of STEAM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Math.)  From robots to photography to messy masterpieces, it’s always busy in the art room.

    Beginning in the 2nd grade, students who choose art as their magnet, stay in art all the way through 5th grade.  From there, MANY of our students go on to art magnet programs at middle schools while charting a path to the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  Our program offers students a chance to build progressively complex skills in the visual arts that will be a useful foundation for any path they choose.

    Once we’ve been cleared to do so again, 4th and 5th graders are offered the opportunity to attend field trips.  Some past favorites were the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Asia Society Texas Center, the Nature Discovery Center, and Houston FotoFest.  Additionally, some favorite programs, which were brought to the students, have included the Rice University Chapter of Fun With Chemistry, the Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Farm Bureau, Wild Things Zoofari, Harris Country Traveling Naturalists, and Bellaire High School FFA. 

    PreK, Kinder, and 1st grade:

    • Learn leadership behaviors
    • Visit art with their homeroom class, on a rotating schedule
    • Establish foundational art skills; important for any student to express themselves creatively
    • Work with the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in developmentally appropriate ways
    • Integrate reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, and math concepts
    • Exhibit their art on campus

     

    2nd graders:

    • Practice leadership in the art room
    • Begin a portfolio of work that reflects the student’s self-expression and mastery of skills
    • Use the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to both create and evaluate others work
    • Use a variety of materials and techniques to achieve their creations
    • Broaden their perspectives with diverse art from different cultures, time periods, styles, and mediums
    • Integrate reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, and math concepts
    • Participate in art exhibitions on campus

    3rd graders:

    • Practice leadership in the art room
    • Continue building a portfolio of work that reflects the student’s heightened self-expression and mastery of skills
    • Use the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to both create and evaluate others work
    • Use a variety of materials and techniques to achieve their creations
    • Further broaden their perspectives with diverse art from different cultures, time periods, styles, and mediums
    • Integrate reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, and math concepts
    • Participate in art exhibitions both on and off campus

    4th graders:

    • Practice leadership in the art program
    • Participate in after school enrichment opportunities *once cleared to do so again
    • Continue building a portfolio of work that reflects the student’s heightened self-expression and mastery of skills
    • Use the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to both create and evaluate others work
    • Use an even greater variety of materials and techniques to achieve their creations
    • Deepen their understanding of diverse art from different cultures, time periods, styles, and mediums
    • Participate in art exhibitions both on and off campus
    • Integrate reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, and math concepts
    • Attend field trips *once cleared to do so again

    5th graders can expect to:

    • Act as peer facilitators within the art program
    • Lead after school enrichment opportunities *once cleared to do so again
    • Continue building a portfolio of work that reflects the student’s heightened self-expression and mastery of skills
    • Use the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to both create and evaluate others work
    • Use an even greater variety of materials and techniques to achieve their creations
    • Deepen their understanding of diverse art from different cultures, time periods, styles, and mediums
    • Integrate reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, and math concepts
    • Participate in art exhibitions both on and off campus
    • Attend field trips *once cleared to do so again

    Still have questions?  Email Jeni Howell jhowell@houstonisd.org or our Magnet Coordinator, Andrea Pennington apennin1@housotnisd.org for more information.  Or call the school at 713.295.5268 and ask to speak with Ms. Pennington.