The Elementary Art Curriculum
The art curriculum is a spiral curriculum. Each grade learns about the same concepts: art production: line, shape, color, texture, form, value, space; art history; art criticism; aesthetics. However, each year becomes more advanced and builds on the learning from the previous years. There is also a theme to each grade and students create a book in which to reflect and/or sketch.
First grade students are introduced to art. They learn about the elements of art (line, shape, color, and texture) and subject matter (portrait, landscape, seascape, still life). Students create a book in which to reflect on the concepts that they learned throughout the year.
Second grade students travel the world to learn about various cultures and their art. Students create a Passport book to reflect on the cultures that they will learn about.
Third grade students travel through time to learn about art history - prehistoric through modern times. The reflective book that students make is a an accordian book which unfolds to show a time line.
Tying in with the fourth grade social studies curriculum, in art class students look at various art and artists in various regions of the country as well as within Pennsylvania. Students create a book to reflect on their learning.
In fifth grade, the focus is the five main reasons why artists create - realistic, expressive, functional, ornamental, and religious/ceremonial. We use a sketch book to develop or ideas and drawing skills.