The curriculum is based on an introduction to art for the small child. The course will help the child learn about art's meaning in the world, give an understanding of other cultures, introduce art materials, encourage creativity and imagination, aid in small motor development, and improve memory.
The curriculum is designed to broaden each student's awareness of art's purpose in our world. It creates opportunities for creative expression, creative development, and small motor skill enhancement using a variety of art materials. The art curriculum supports classroom curricular goals in social studies, language arts, math, science, music and social awareness.
Students begin to explore more complex art instruction and projects. They study the beginnings of how to shade, use watercolors, draw the face, and to do simple weaving. The elements of art emphasized are line, color mixing, and the use of foreground, middle ground, and background. Famous artists are incorporated into lessons on technique or media. Multicultural art is often created to reinforce social studies work. Emphasis is on project completion, individual expression and following directions.
The curriculum emphasizes design and color. Students are encouraged to show self- expression. We incorporate further studies of line, shape, color, texture, rhythm, and work on composition. Printing, clay, color mixing, paper cutting, weaving, and drawing are part of the curriculum. Famous artists are incorporated into art lessons. Students create projects coordinated with units in language arts, science, math, and social studies.
With a strong emphasis on creativity, individuality and self-expression, the art program helps students learn more about color relationships, spatial relationships, positive and negative space, composition, and light and shadow. Master artists and current artists are introduced as part of lessons in media, technique or concepts. Students work in a variety of media, including clay, fiber, paint, pencil, and paper.
Students study the elements of design and review the principles of art. Projects focus on thematic or representational issues pertaining to the work of artists studied in this course. Art as a career is discussed. Highlight projects include papermaking, slab clay construction, puppet making, and portraits. A variety of mediums are used. Contemporary and Master artists are introduced.
The curriculum focuses on a review of the principles of art and elements of design, and provides further opportunity for the encouragement of the imagination. Students create a self-portrait using photography as a compositional aide. Printmaking using soft-cut printing plates is introduced. Traditional perspective drawing is introduced, and students are required to create an art history project. Emphasis is placed on individual interpretation, good technique or craft, and attention to detail. Correct Art vocabulary is incorporated into all lessons.