Art is an important part of the experience at Carbondale New School. All grades have weekly art classes taught by dedicated and experienced instructors, using a variety of methods, materials and techniques to explore elements and principles of art and art history in a fun creative setting. Classes support creativity, cooperation, confidence, expression of emotions and independent thinking.
At a time when art has attained "stepchild" status in other schools — last to be funded and first to be cut — we believe regular art education is much more than a break from routine academic instruction, and in fact provides a range of cognitive benefits that enhance problem-solving performance in other disciplines. As Elliot Eisner wrote in 2002*:
Look familiar? Of course it does. Yours may not be as long in the tooth as the model pictured below, but if you have kids, chances are you have fridge-art. But, while putting art on the fridge is a good start, it doesn't get you coffee-mugs or t-shirts bearing your child's latest masterpiece, and it may not do much for Grandma & Grandpa in Sarasota, or Aunt Marg in Southern Cal. So at CNS, we also put our students' artwork up on Artsonia, where you can see a gallery of your child's work anytime, and even add pictures of home-created works if you choose. Sharing with friends and relations is as easy as adding them to your child's Artsonia fan club--both you and your child's fans will receive email when new artwork is posted. Artsonia pays 20% of every purchase of art keepsakes to the arts program at CNS. Get the free Artsonia app, and your child's whole portfolio is never more than a tap away!
* Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press.