Art

First Grade

Appropriate behavior for the art room and the use of art supplies is reinforced.  The science of basic color theory is introduced.  The next  stages of developmentally appropriate drawing skills and studio methods/techniques are explored. Students begin to understand how to draw the human face, and the figure with many different kinds of clothing.  Students are expected to color more carefully and add details.  Listening skills are reinforced with lesson plans related to music and listening to rhythms on percussion instruments.  At this age students enjoy lessons based on iconic American figures and children’s books.  Students are introduced to critiquing their own and fellow classmates’ artwork.

Second through Fourth Grade 

Students are expected to remember daily art room protocol for warm up, set-up, lesson introduction, studio work, cleanup and critique.  They are responsible for proper care of art supplies and tools. Developmentally appropriate drawing skills and studio methods are presented for continued artistic growth and confidence in self-expression.  There are more opportunities for  sculptural projects with a variety of art media. Students are introduced to global art from other cultures and periods of history, as well as influential artists relevant to what they are studying in 
Social Science.  Students are introduced to the elements and principles of art as tools for better composition planning not as stand-alone lessons without context.  Color theory is also taught as 
a means for building skills for color manipulation and communication of ideas and feelings.

Fifth Grade

Students are expected to remember daily art room protocol for warm up, set-up, lesson introduction, studio work, cleanup and critique.  Self-confidence in drawing and painting skills are critical at this age.  Although there will be a wide variety of projects and art media; at this age, students evaluate their own artistic ability with being able to draw realistically.  When possible, lessons are designed to reflect and enhance what they are learning in the core subject areas.  Sculptural media are explored to help students with art media they can use at home to make things for other school projects and presentations.  Attention to detail, neatness and design are reinforced so that students begin to own a sense of professionalism about the work they share with the school at large and the public.

After-School Arts Program

Information will be sent home with the students regarding the after-school art program.