The Creative Arts & Sciences Committee (CASC) brings the Art of Mexico seminar from ArtQuest to our 2nd grade students. ArtQuest is a unique educational program designed to develop critical thinking skills through student observation of visual works of art. The program begins with a basic introduction to the elements of composition: subject, medium, color, light, line and texture. Students take a journey through Ancient Mexico and up to contemporary times by comparing works of art from the country’s rich history. They look at sculpture, architecture and painting from several ancient civilizations including the Olmec, Maya and Aztec and discuss artistic materials, styles and content. The program introduces legends and facts to help explain the fascinating pre-Columbian life that existed in Mexico. Students study paintings of more modern artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo as they learn more of the stories and themes that intrigue Mexican artists.