Students learn about the elements of art (line, shape, colour, space, value, form, texture) and the principles of design (pattern, balance, contract, movement, emphasis, rhythm, unity) through project-based learning so they can experience these abstract concepts through a hands-on method. The students are exposed to many styles of art through viewing the works of Canadian and international artists. The understanding of art history and the exploration of ideas are as important as the production of art. Art History is a large component in each unit studied. The children view slides and discuss mediums, ideas and artists. The students work in many different mediums each year and are encouraged to express their ideas through art, not just reproduce the world that is around them. They are encouraged to really see what they are drawing, to look carefully, both as image and how it fits into the world around them. Art can make change in the world.