Rooftop Alternative K-8 School

Art Is... Illumination


Art Is...

is a Rooftop art education program that uses works of art to provide an inexhaustible resource for exploration, reflection and understanding.  The program actively engages students, supports learning across the curriculum, and builds critical thinking skills through “hands-on” art making, reflection and research.

Art Is...

will bring works of art (music, dance, theater and visual art, with a focus on multicultural work) to all Rooftop students and develop partnerships between teachers, teaching artists, arts organizations and art parents to develop integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum that will support learning for all students.

This website is created to assist teachers, parents and students in their classroom study.





Function: noun

Date: 14th century

1 : the action of illuminating or state of being illuminated: as a :spiritual or intellectual enlightenment (1) : a lighting up (2) :decorative lighting or lighting effects c : decoration
 by the art of illuminating 2 : the luminous flux per unit area on an intercepting surface at any given point 3 : one of the decorative features used in the art of illuminating or in decorative lighting



Moon glow. Starlight. Candlelight. Shimmering reflections. Fireflies.

Incandescent or phosphorescent. 

Dawn to dusk, night and day.

An open flame.  An inner spark.

The spotlight’s glare, a ghost light’s glow. Rainbows and sunbeams.

The clear light of day.

We’re beginning to see the light.

This year, Rooftop explores a world of color and light and art.

Art Is... Illumination.