The Elementary Visual Art Program provides a wonderful foundation that is aligned to the New Jersey Core Content Standards. The students learn, apply, and build on the elements of art and principles of design as they go from grades Kindergarten through 5. They develop their skills through introduction to a wide variety of art materials that further enhance their experiences and exploration. In addition, the students increase their aesthetic awareness through their exposure to the history of art and artists along with the cultures, styles and art forms. It is an elementary program with instructional goals that will often cross curriculum into math, science, language arts, and history.
The Visual Art Curriculum begins in Grades K-2 with the study of the Elements of Art: line, shape, color and space. Also, when applicable, texture and form. In Grades 3-5, as the art elements are further explored, the Principles of Design: balance, unity, movement, contrast and emphasis are introduced as the roles they play in the creation of art work.
Below is a “roundup” of some of the skills/topics/projects that we may do in each grade. There is always the chance for change. Any changes would be for the project, not the concept!
Throughout the school year, Kindergartners will become familiar with art room routines. In addition, they will be introduced to line, shape, colors, pattern, cutting, drawing, coloring, painting, and gluing. Specifically, they will distinguish between bright and light colors, recognize basic shapes, and identify different types of lines! In Kindergarten, we will all strive to remember that art is always fun and creative!
Throughout the school year, 1st Graders will become familiar with art room routines. In addition, they will be introduced to line, shape, primary colors, secondary colors, realistic art, non-objective art, collage, cutting, gluing, drawing, and painting. 1st Graders will continue to work on becoming more visually aware. They will also create works of art that are seasonal and where they stamp patterns for printmaking. They will begin to practice signing their names at the bottom of their work! In 1st Grade, we will always remember to smile at what we can do!
Throughout the school year, 2nd Graders will learn more about line, shape, and how some colors can be warm or cool. They will also explore realistic vs. non-objective art, 2-D art, 3-D art such as sculpture using different types of materials. In addition, they will be introduced to Model Magic, jewelry is an art form, and beads that can be made from magazines. 2nd Graders will continue to improve their skills in cutting, gluing, painting, and drawing. In 2nd Grade, we will not worry about making mistakes!
Throughout the school year, 3rd Graders will explore the principles of design such as, balance, movement, unity, contrast and emphasis, in addition to the art elements. They will continue to practice painting, cutting, gluing, coloring, and drawing. They will also create clay reliefs, collages, wire sculptures and artist inspired portraits. In 3rd Grade, we will realize that following directions increases success!
Throughout the school year, 4th Graders will continue to work with the principles of design and the art elements. They will create repeated line designs, prints with certain objects, 1pt. perspective drawings, figure drawings, paintings, wire figure sculptures, paper animations, and crayon and watercolor works. They will work on shading and reliefs. In 4th Grade, we will add confidence in what we can do!
Throughout the school year, 5th Graders will continue to work with the principles of design and the art elements. They will participate in a variety of possibilities of assignments from drawing, cut paper panels, personalized paper reliefs, aluminum reliefs, and seasonal sculptures. In 4th Grade, we will create successful, individual, personalized pieces that are an accomplished finish to our Elementary Art Career!
All in all, the Elementary Visual Art Program provides the students with a very well rounded and balanced experience. The artistic opportunities to create and express themselves enhance visual awareness and develop their own confidence, knowledge and skills in the visual arts!