LS art

Lower School art encourages creativity along with the enjoyment of making art and the enjoyment of having art in our lives. It also encourages critical perception and the comprehension of art tools and techniques. The Lower School art curriculum allows each child to search for self-realization through visual expression. Students are exposed to many media and processes, and to art history and criticism. The curriculum builds art vocabulary, stimulates creativity, and strengthens problem-solving skills. At each grade level and with increasing sophistication, students explore drawing, painting, printing, clay, and wood. They also create batik, Moravian tiles, canopic jars, plaster masks, people pots, clay animals, self-portraits, wooden key racks, and computer art.

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Thematic and Collaborative Learning

The Lower School program fosters habits of mind that help children integrate their new knowledge and grow as independent learners.

Interdisciplinary learning offers rich opportunities in reading, math, writing, art, science, history, music and foreign language. Examples by grade-level include:


  • Connections to Each Other
  • Exploring New Paths


  • All About Me
  • Gardening Project

First Grade

  • Similarities and Differences
  • Animal Researcher Symposium

Second Grade

  • All About Communities
  • Study of Costa Rica

Third Grade

  • Wax Museum Project
  • Roots & Routes Project

Fourth Grade

  • Ancient Cultures Study
  • Planning, Manufacturing and Marketing of Self-Designed Product

Fifth Grade

  • Poetry Showcase Project
  • Global Read-Aloud Project


Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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