Grade 1 VISUAL ARTS
Students work with a variety of materials including markers, crayons, paint and clay. The curriculum includes the role of artists in society, recognizing art as a form of communication, and identifying elements of art like line, shape, color, texture and space. Students also learn how to use tools in the art room. Many projects help students use their imagination. It is the teacher’s goal that students display a feeling of pride in their own work and listen to the opinion of others. The students further expand their creative talents, and are encouraged to develop their creative skills by concentrating on topics such as basic drawing techniques. The class places an emphasis on group activities in order to help students begin to develop important skills in collaboration.
Grade 2 VISUAL ARTS
Students review and refresh their understanding of line, shape, color, texture, and form. In addition, they are introduced to the more complex aspects of color theory. Through a variety of individual and collaborative projects, students begin to employ the technique of blending colors and start to build an understanding of color relationships. Using materials, tools, and techniques in both traditional and experimental ways, they explore a variety of mixed media exercises designed to integrate art concepts with cross-curricular units of study. Such interdisciplinary projects encourage students to build connections between what they are learning in a visual arts context and what they are learning in other academic disciplines.
Grade 3 VISUAL ARTS
Students study the lives and styles of famous artists. They read and discuss biographies of historic and contemporary artists and are encouraged to imitate and apply the expressive techniques they have observed. Students continue to practice the drawing, painting, and sculpting skills they have been building over time and learn to see them within a cultural and historical context. As in the previous two years, students work on both group and individual projects. They also develop a fuller understanding of and greater facility with the materials, tools, and techniques to which they have been introduced. The goals in this course are to acquire the basics of Art Theory, the different techniques of an Artist, and to practice and learn them. The students further expand their creative talents, and are encouraged to develop their creative skills by concentrating on topics such as basic drawing techniques. Hand-eye coordination is developed to the point where many complex drawings can be achieved on grade level by a series of simple steps.
Grade 4 VISUAL ARTS
Students continue to review the concepts acquired in previous grade levels but special emphasis is now placed on applying this information to the analysis of contemporary and historic art examples. Teachers use a review of the elements of art to introduce art principles while students explore traditional and nontraditional art media. At this point, the curriculum incorporates group projects, interdisciplinary studies, the use of various materials, discussions, and student research—all of which emphasize the significance of the artist and the art object throughout history. The goals in this course are to acquire the basics of Art Theory, the different techniques of an Artist, and to practice and learn them. The students further expand their creative talents, and are encouraged to develop their creative skills by concentrating on topics such as basic drawing techniques.
Grade 5 VISUAL ARTS
This course is a continuation of the previous Art course where another major skill is added. Students improve their aesthetic senses, which enables them to start appreciating art based on its real artistic value. Students’ creativity is exhibited through the making of three-dimensional projects compiled from recycled materials as well as through making different group and individual projects in which 5 subject areas are implemented (drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture, printmaking,and design and visual communication). Students become familiar with the basics of the art language (elements and some of the principles of art). The course includes research about famous artists and their artworks. Skills are developed through practice and they foster perception, imagination, memory and creativity.