To learn about the elements of art through observations of art as well as interactive lessons wherein students explore art media and techniques.
To differentiate between the experience of looking at authentic art through visits to the Yale Center for British Art and Yale Art Gallery versus classroom studies of digitally replicated images.
To understand how history connects the present to the past through timelines, maps, historical paintings and graphic organizers.
To analyze the images in the paintings by way of comparing and contrasting the characteristics of the historical figures and landscapes depicted to the present day norms.
To develop inferential thinking through the use of charts, graphic organizers and artwork.
To explore the five senses both experientially through "Doorways to Writing" as well as abstractly when observing and describing a piece of art.
To learn how to make a narrative come to life through writing activities and exposure to literature and artwork wherein in the literary devices of dialogue, thought–shots, snapshots and gestures are exemplified.