Mesa Elementary School
THE ART CURRICULUM:
We will be starting the year off by creating our own sketchbooks. It is important for us to be able to track our growth throughout the year and be able to practice drawing every day! In the fall we will review the elements of art, then throughout the year, many projects will focus on giving students experience using and combining the elements of art in their own work. Upper grade levels also focus on the principles of art.
Art History is also a large component of the art curriculum. Throughout the year we will discuss and explore different cultures and artists. Each grade level focuses on the lives and works of historical and contemporary artists. This year, each grade will be learning about the following artists:
Kindergarten: Andy Warhol & Paul Klee
1st Grade: Pablo Picasso & Frank Lloyd Wright
2nd Grade: Wayne Thiebaud & Romero Britto
3rd Grade: Roy Lichtenstein & Vincent Van Gogh
4th Grade: Dale Chihuly & Judith Vierow
5th Grade: Georgia O' Keeffe & Georges Seurat
Art skills are a huge part of the art room. Every project we will be focusing on building these skills. The skills students gain from the arts prepare them for the 21st century. Some of the skills we build upon in the art room are: observation, communication, following directions, planning, reflection, and collaboration.
I also keep the curriculum lively finding inspiration from other content areas and by incorporating art careers. Many of the projects are inspired from picture books, especially with the younger students, as well as science and history. All grades have projects that connect to art career choices such as: Graphic Design, Architecture, Fine Art, Art Education, Fashion Design, Entertainment Design, Photography, Interior Design, and Art Museum Director.
Finally I try to challenge each grade level through the experience a variety of materials and genres. Some genre choices include: portraits, architecture, cartoons, realism, abstraction, landscapes, and figure drawing.