The mission of Hanover County Schools' Visual Arts Program is to engage students in thinking creatively and solving problems in order to communicate visually in the 21st century. The universal language of art allows students to make connections and comprehend themes of expression around the world, past and present.

Teacher and student holding little crocheted whales


Kristi Harrison, Art Teacher


Art at BPES

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Battlefield Park Elementary School attend art once a week for 45 minutes. The content of the elementary art program includes historical and cultural studies, core content integration, two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques and processes, and a variety of topics to encourage creativity and self-expression. 

We expose students at every level to different art-making processes such as painting, drawing, sculpting, and collage or multi-media type projects. In kindergarten and first grade, artists focus on tasks that build fine motor skills. Second and third graders learn about different cultures and art around the world. Fourth and fifth-grade students dig deeper into creative problem solving, self-motivation, and processes of art. Exposure to the art of other cultures inspires students to create art that reflects their own experiences and interests.

Teachers send home artwork throughout the year, and many art students have the opportunity to display their work within the school and around the community.

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