Students in visual art classes at LEAP are introduced to the language of art through the teaching of the art elements: line, shape, color, form, texture, and value. These concepts are introduced through the creation of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture. This approach to art instruction allows students to acquire the visual and verbal tools they will need to illustrate ideas in their art work. By learning the elements and principles of art, students learn concepts that help them become critical observers of the visual world. Students study works of art, nature, architecture and the environment. They also use creative and thematic ideas related to their individual experience and interpretation in creating their own work.
At LEAP a special emphasis is given to acquiring language skills through the study of art. Students are encouraged to reflect on their native country's traditions, landscape and architecture. Many of the images posted on the site reflect our students’ personal experiences as well as their knowledge and experience in demonstrating their traditional art forms.
2018-2019 LEAP High School Artwork and Writing celebrated at Minnesota Orchestra Hall during the American Expressions concert series celebrating the musical spirit of a diverse and vibrant nation. The exhibition featured original artworks by Saint Paul Public School LEAP High School students, created as part of Your Story, Our Story, a partnership program with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) and the Tenement Museum in New York City. The national project invites individuals to share their personal stories of American immigration.
2018-2019 Your Story, Our Story: Student Immigration Experiences Your Story, Our Story: Student Immigration Experiences This exhibition featured original artworks by LEAP High School students, created as part of Your Story, Our Story, a partnership program with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) and the Tenement Museum in New York City. The national project invited individuals to share their personal stories of American immigration and migration through objects. LEAP students visited MIA to discover the many ways in which objects, including artworks, can tell stories. Guided by teachers Jill Michell and Anne Lowe, the students shared their own stories of immigration through art-making and writing. Their contributions are displayed online and here. The Center for Equity and Culture provided additional objects. To explore these stories, or to upload the story of an object that carries meaning in your family, visit the online digital storytelling exhibition: https://yourstory.tenement.org/groups/leap-high-school/explore
2017 LEAP Students' Collaboration with Macalester College On February 23, 2017, LEAP art students, accompanied by their teacher Jill Michell, and Principal Rose Santos, participated in a panel discussion with Macalester student volunteers who mentor students at LEAP. Sponsored by Macalester’s Religious Studies, Education Studies, and Art Departments, student artists at LEAP displayed their art work and participated in a short presentation and question session at the Davis Court at the Institute of Global Citizenship, Markim Hall.