Arts at P.S. 62Q

Visual Arts

The Art program at P.S. 62 adheres to the New York City Blueprint for Visual Arts. Through a collaboration with STUDIO In A School, the Art program at P.S. 62 will incorporate more experiential learning methods. Students will explore paper, paint and clay while learning what the tools and supplies they are using can create. Through the exploration of different media (drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and technology), students learn to express themselves, perfect their art skills and cultivate their imagination.

Opportunities are provided for students to:

  • experience different art media
  • become literate in art
  • make social, cultural and historical connections
  • engage in learning beyond the classroom
  • share in the rich diversity of their communities
  • become lifelong learners and advocates for art

Arts Partners: We partner with Studio in a School

Some specifics on our Art program by grade are:


  • Experience the changing of paper through different means, e.g. tearing, cutting, folding.
  • Making designs with paper using different methods to produce desired effects.
  • Experience how different media affect each other, e.g. Crayon Resist

1st Grade

  • Students will experience composition of design with paper. They cut and tear both regular and irregular shapes from different colored papers to layer, arrange and rearrange to compose a design. Students will also move into the 3rd dimension and explore paper and wood sculpture.

2nd Grade

  • Students will experience the different effects they can create by manipulating the same paint brush. They will learn how to work in an increasingly more complex organized palette, keeping their colors clean, mixing with different proportional amounts of paint to control secondary and tertiary ranging in darker to lighter hues.
  • Students will learn about clay as a three-dimensional medium. They will make pinch pots.

3rd Grade

  • Students will learn how to work in an ever increasing more complex organized palette, keeping their colors clean, mixing with different proportional amounts of primaries to control secondary and tertiary tones from darker to lighter hues. They will increase their palette range with the addition of white mixed into their colors to create an array of tints.
  • Students will create an animal sculpture in clay by blending parts together to make a whole.

4th Grade

  • Students will learn to paint with tempera, work in and organized pallet, mixing secondary and tertiary colors, and white to create tints. They will learn about design essentials such as line, shape, color and texture. They will make designs and represent images of animals.

5th Grade

  • Students will learn to draw with oil pastels, utilizing various techniques such as layering and smudging. They will explore how their pastels are tools for expression. Images will be used as reference to think about ways to compose shapes, details and space to create designs and images.


The dance program at P.S. 62 is aligned with the NYCDOE curriculum document: Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. From kindergarten to fifth grade, students learn about levels, directions, pathways, use of energy, spatial relationships, body shapes, body actions and so on. Each class begins with a warm up that incorporates a variety of exercises that work on developing strength and flexibility. In the early grades, students practice creative movement and develop motor skills that can later be used in all genres of dance. As the students progress into the upper grades they focus on specific styles of dance and explore a variety of ways to create and manipulate their own movement.

Students frequently collaborate with others in creating dances that they can share with their peers and or/the rest of the student body.


K, 1 & 2

  • Students will work on creative movement in dance. Building dance vocabulary and skills. Connecting literacy through dance.Creating dances from words and actions from a poem or story. Students will learn dance making skills that will build vocabulary and technique. They will work in pairs and small groups to create short dances. As we finish each of our units of study students will share their work in mini performances with their classmates. In mini performances students will be able to discuss the dances they see, give feedback to one another and build discussion through dance.

3, 4 & 5

  • Students will  focus on a style of dance such as jazz and hip hop and some cultural dances.  We will also learn about some famous choreographers. We will learn their techniques and how their unique ways of creating dances. They will also build on skills to further develop their technique in dance and dance making. Each unit will consist of student collaboration to create their own dances and build confidence to perform and discuss dance using dance vocabulary.