Students at the elementary level will develop an understanding for the elements of art and the design principles as they move from one grade level to another. Students will be able to view artwork and discuss it in terms of the elements of art and design principles. They will also be able to make art with a conscious manipulation and control of the elements and principles. By the end of their art experience at the primary level students will have a strong foundation in art regarding vocabulary, techniques, skills and art history so they are well prepared to continue their education in art at the intermediate grades. Units in the curriculum are designed with the common core in mind as well as the state and national standards. Students will be able to understand how their education in art is aligned with other disciplines and life.
During the first marking period students will focus on line and shape as elements of art. Kindergarten students will examine different kinds of line and line direction. Then, the focus will shift to a focus to shape where students will concentrate on geometric shapes which aligns with their math curriculum.
Students in first grade will engage in printing techniques to make line the primary focus of their artwork. As they shift their concentration to shape students will manipulate a combination of geometric and free form shapes balancing positive and negative space to develop a composition.
In second grade students will use line to show volume in a drawing. As the focus moves to shape as the primary element they will design and construct kinetic sculptures (mobiles).
At the third grade level students will create a lettering design with the focus on line. Then, move on to a tessellation design where art is integrated with geometry.
Last Modified on March 15, 2022