ARTThe goals of the elementary Art program are to provide the opportunity for every child to observe, reflect, and participate both in the art of their culture and the cultures of others. At all grade levels the art program includes experiences designed to exercise and strengthen the student’s ability to perceive, appreciate, perform, and criticize. Students in grades K, 1,3, and 4 have art once in a six-day cycle. Grade 2 has art twice in a six-day cycle. Provisions have been made for each student to be involved in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials, computer technology, and to gain some understanding of our visual heritage. Lessons include art history, aesthetics, art criticism, and production. The Art curriculum meets the T/E curriculum as well as the national and state standards for the Arts. It follows a developmental K-12 sequence and is integrated with the core curriculum.
Comprehensive Art Curriculum of our Elementary Schools
Kindergarten art students will explore art. They will be introduced to a few different, but well known artists and their techniques.Students are exposed to a variety of different mediums and materials to try their hand at lots of ways to make art.Focus is on experimention, leaning that there are no "mistakes" in art, and art is play :-)
Kindergarten Art classes meet for 35 minutes once each cycle.
Classes are held in a studio atmosphere where respect and safety are always the main concern.First GradeFirst grade art students will be introduced to art from around the world. They will be asked to perceive, interpret, evaluate, and analyze art from their own perspectives.The children will be introduced to art works inspired by nature, art and cultural patterns, and the cultural diversities and resources of artists and artworks from around the world.First grade art students will be challenged with the question, “How does art from around the world affect us?”
The units of study are:
1. art around the World
2. art of Japan
3. art of Africa
First Grade classes meet for 45 minutes once each cycle. Art across the curriculum reinforces the children's core curriculum through the use of art elements and principles.Classes are held in a studio atmosphere where respect and safety are the main concern.
In second grade, art students discover art through time. They start by studying primitive art. They end their year with the art of the Middle Ages. The children learn that art from the past (as well as their own art) communicates messages. The children will perceive, evaluate, analyze, interpret and criticize art of the past, as well as reflect upon their own art. They will develop an awareness of the influence ancient cultures still have today.
The units of study:
1. dinosaurs (overview of many art media/techniques)
2. prehistoric art (cave art, Stonehenge, early people, talking walls)
3. art of China
4. Greek, Egyptian & Roman art
5. art of India
Second Grade classes meet for 45 minutes twice each 6 day cycle. Art across the curriculum reinforces the children's core curriculum through the use of art elements and principles. Classes are held in a studio atmosphere where respect and safety are the main concern.Third Grade
In third grade, art students compare Renaissance art with its contemporary Native American Art. This extends their year long study of Native Americans and the Pennsylvania story. Children learn that art communicates ideas and reflects the environment, beliefs and adaptations of the artist and his/her time period. Third graders investigate, perceive, evaluate, interpret and explore the issues of change in art. The units of study are:
1. Renaissance art/artists
2. Native American art/artists
3. Pennsylvania artists
4. birds of America
Third Grade classes meet for 45 minutes once each cycle. Art across the curriculum reinforces the children's core curriculum through the use of art elements and principles. Classes are held in a studio atmosphere where respect and safety are the main concern.
Fourth GradeFourth Grade Art Curriculum Overview
In fourth grade, art students have an understanding of how art shapes our lives. The children will observe the theme of change in our society and how art reflects such happenings.Students will be exposed to a realm of art from the 20th century and beyond. The children will learn that art has meaning and can be powerful, even their own art. Students will be challenged with the question, “How does art reflect our society?”
American Art/Artists-POP artists, abstract expressionists, those that made people question "Is this art"?
Fourth Grade classes meet for 45 minutes once each cycle. Many of our projects and lessons in the art room are integrated with the Fourth Grade Core Curriculum. In our art projects we can identifythe principles and elements of art.Classes are held in a studio atmosphere where respect and safety are always the main concern.Suzanne Walsh (BES & NEES) Mary Jo McQuate (NEES & VFES) Beata Szekeres(DES & BES) Christine Braun (HES & VFES)