Students at Salem enjoy 45 minute art classes once each week in grades 1 through 6. All 7th and 8th grade students have art twice weekly for one semester each year. The “elements of art” and “principles of design” are studied in a 3-year rotation in grades 1-3 and 6-8. Grades 4 and 5 focus on individual artists and art works and global art in a two year rotation. The curriculum focuses on student creation of art, but also includes video presentations, field trips, and participation in exhibits. Salem students have been recognized for high quality art in state wide as well as Saint Louis area competitions, including “Picture the Music” sponsored by the Saint Louis Symphony.