The art program at Main Street School explores the idea of what is means to be an artist. Students are encouraged to use the tools and the techniques of artists to observe the world and express their new-found knowledge in creative works. We use the framework of the National Core Standards as a guide to the authentic creative process. As artists, we create, present and respond to works of art, and make connections to them that lead us to our next project. Students cycle through this process, choose their own project and begin to define, through their choices, the personal design process that is at the heart of being an artist. This process gives students access to the specific habits of mind employed by an artist. Thinking like an artist gives students a means to organize their growing ideas and to begin to express them in their own voice. Art becomes more than an activity; it becomes a way to communicate ideas, solve problems, and develops and expresses a world view.