In First Grade, students expand their ability to create with various art materials, and to reflect on the importance of the visual arts in defining community and transferring that knowledge to an evolving world view. New techniques are introduced to enhance personal expression. Social skills such as sharing, and respect for the work of others are emphasized. Students become aware of the role of artist in building a community. Art is understood as a worthy endeavor. First Grade will learn about Art History and cultures.
At this grade level students should expand the ways they draw and know that there is more than one way to depict 3-dimensional form. In 2nd grade students begin to develop exposure to drawing from observation, explicitly discussing the differences of drawing from memory. Learning how to look carefully at a subject is challenging, but drawing from observation is a crucial skill and students are often eager to develop their ability. It is developmentally appropriate for students to hone their ability to make conscious choices utilizing media, concepts and technique to represent the observable world. It is also critical that students become more mindful of how these choices affect their artwork and can describe these choices verbally. Students will be exposed to various mediums that will expand their opportunity to make choices in their artwork and experiment with technique.
In fourth grade, students identify and apply the elements of art and principles of design. Students will be formally introduced to the concept of abstraction and learn that expressive qualities are not restricted to any particular style. Emphasis will be placed on the ability of students to value their own emerging style. Fourth graders will learn about art history.
In fifth grade, color relationships and value are emphasized. Students study and apply the principles of design to their own work. Fifth graders continue to learn to value and respect their own artwork and the work of others. Students will analyze and critique works of historic and contemporary art to enhance their appreciation and understanding of art and culture.