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Elementary Visual Arts Curriculum Overview


The elementary visual arts curriculum helps students understand how media, technique and process are used to create works of art; how artworks are structured; how art has a variety of functions; how to identify, analyze and select subject matter, symbols and ideas for personal/cultural expression; how historical and cultural contexts provide meaning for works of art, and how to assess the merits of their own artworks and the artworks of others.

Kindergarten
Resource
Discover Art, Davis

Topics

  • Different types of media such as crayon, pencil, paint, clay and paper
  • Basic skills such as making marks, cutting and pasting
  • Art created based on personal experiences and imagination
  • Visual elements of line, shape and texture
  • Color names and color mixing techniques
  • Artworks and how images convey ideas
  • People around the world make different kinds of art for many reasons
  • How their own artwork reflects their experiences

First through Fifth Grade
Resources
Adventures in Art, Davis

Topics (first grade)

  • Different types of media
  • Using media for drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture and other three-dimensional art
  • Media and techniques to communicate ideas
  • Differences in material and techniques used in art and how they affect appearance
  • Artworks created with different media and techniques
  • Visual elements of line, shape and texture
  • Warm, cool and neutral color families
  • Ideas and themes in artwork
  • Art from different times and places
  • How their artwork reflects their experiences

Topics (second grade)

  • Different types of media
  • Using familiar media in new ways
  • Viewing different media and techniques in artworks from around the world
  • Visual elements of line, shape, texture, form and space
  • Design principles of balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, proportion, rhythm, unity and variety
  • Common functions of art
  • Artworks, and how the elements and principles of design can elicit responses
  • Creating artworks using a variety of subject matter and themes
  • Ideas and symbols in the artworks of various cultures
  • Viewing varied styles and types of art with greater emphasis on the cultural origin, function and style
  • Explaining and comparing their own reasons for making art with the reasons of others

Topics (third grade)

  • Flexibility and problem-solving in two-and three-dimensional artworks
  • Different media and techniques in artworks from around the world
  • Creating art which communicates ideas based on imagination, recall and observation
  • How materials, techniques and processes used in artworks create different visual effects and affect viewer responses
  • Color schemes
  • Design principles
  • Examining artworks and describing how images convey ideas
  • Using the elements and principles of design to communicate ideas
  • Different artistic interpretations and themes
  • Creating artworks using a variety of subject matter, symbols and themes
  • Ideas and symbols in artwork from various cultures
  • Recognizing selected works of art as belonging to particular cultures and times
  • Creating multidisciplinary works of art (for example, creating visuals for a poem)

Topics (fourth grade)

  • Skills and flexibility in creating two and three-dimensional artworks
  • Media and techniques in artworks from around the world
  • How materials, techniques and processes in artworks create different visual effects and viewer responses
  • Visual elements (line, space, forms and shapes) and color schemes
  • Using the elements and principles of design to communicate personal ideas
  • Analyzing different interpretations of ideas and themes from various cultures
  • Cultural origins, functions, styles and relative ages of artwork from different times and places
  • How a variety of artists' experiences influenced their artwork
  • How their art reflects their experiences

Topics (fifth grade)

  • Using media through multi-stepped techniques, problem-solving and planned experiments
  • Effectiveness of choice of media and techniques to communicate intended ideas
  • How characteristics of media and techniques communicate meaning in art around the world
  • Visual structures of contrast, repetition, emphasis, movement, rhythm, illusions of depth, harmony and balance
  • The functions of art (decorative, expressive, practical and persuasive)
  • Using the elements and principles of design to communicate intended ideas
  • Critiquing own artwork in terms of effective communication of intended ideas
  • Drawing from sources such as experiences, trends in the news media or concepts in other subject areas for themes to incorporate into artwork
  • Identifying and using subjects, themes and symbols in artworks
  • How cultural contexts, values and aesthetics influence the meaning of artworks
  • Subjects, themes and symbols of artwork from different cultures and eras
  • The meaning of an artwork within its historical and cultural context
  • Responding to other students' artworks in a clear and organized manner





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