Working together in groups on community art projects such as large scale murals, gallery openings, sculptures, and play sets are important components of the art curriculum. Emphasis is placed on art “process” rather than product. Each student is assessed on the effort put into each assignment and participation. All Students are required to participate in the art program.
K-1 Art Program
Students explore various types of media during centers and crafts which are designed to reflect units of study. Every six weeks a different author/illustrator is chosen as an author study.
Fourth/Fifth Grade Art Program
The 4/5 grade art program is designed to expose students to a wide variety of art mediums. Throughout the year, students explore basic elements of design including collage, painting, and sculpture. The foundation of the design unit is based on three dimensional textured mobiles using many different mediums to create form, pattern, color and texture. Clay design, the use of positive and negative space, creative techniques with color and composition are also employed in the course. An important part of art class is based on interdisciplinary curriculum integration.
Sixth Grade Art Program
The sixth grade art program focuses on two-dimensional design and color theory. Among the various principles taught during the year, students learn to recognize principles of color including harmony, saturation, tone, tint, and hue. Students have an introductory unit on expressionist artists as well as impressionist and primitive paintings. The study of the human figures as well as proportion and movement are also explored. Animal sketches and drawing techniques introduce the basic fundamentals of drawing including line, value composition, and design.
Seventh Grade Art Program
The seventh grade art program includes units on creative design and composition. Clay sculpture, one and two-point perspective and three-dimensional design make up the basis for medium exploration. An illustrated children’s poem introduces creative writing techniques into the curriculum. A unit on personal art preference is introduced in a painted rendition of a project featuring a favorite artist. Art critique is used to express one’s likes and dislikes in a positive manner.
Eighth Grade Art Program
The eighth grade art program includes units on advanced creative design and composition. Portrait drawing, perspective, clay, sculpture, and still life painting are various units of study. Projects in multicultural art allow students to gain greater knowledge of different techniques and mediums used throughout the world. A community mural is created, which includes pencil sketches, brainstorming, and group cooperation. Positive critiquing of final projects is implemented in all course studies.