Curriculum for the visual art program evolves from collaborations with specialists and homeroom teachers, the children's interests, techniques introduced by the art teacher, guest artist visits, and field trips. The program enables children to explore various media (mixed media, paint, clay, pencil, fabric, wire, found materials, printmaking, and photography, among others) to develop an understanding of art concepts (shape, form, color, design, texture, shading) and to meet artistic challenges with confidence. The curriculum is also intended to enable children to find new ways of communication and self-expression and to ultimately develop their own forms of artistic expression. Art work done with the visual arts specialists differs from art that is done in the regular classroom because the specialist focuses on process and exploration of media. The work of contemporary and historical artists provides a springboard for inspiration.