Foundational Visual Art Curriculum
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All lesson plans are structured on the NC Essential Standards for Visual Art, which is based on foundation concepts, applied to different grade levels. However, please remember that the standards are created for each grade level, assuming that all students have had the same experience in the visual art since Kindergarten. We are a new school and students have come from all different experiences, so I am adapting lesson plans as needed to meet the needs of the students while keeping expectations high. This is the reason that it might seem like your 5th grader is learning the same concepts as your 1st grader. While the concepts themselves (use of media, Elements of Art, historical context, critical response) are the same - how they are executed and assessed changes as needed with each grade level. I am teaching these concepts to the higher grades more quickly, more in-depth, and with more complexity than to younger grades. I am also monitoring individual student skills and knowledge to create projects and short lessons to challenge more experienced students as needed. It is my long-term plan to have the 1st year of our school be foundations year, catching students up on concepts that they should have learned in Kindergarten and 1st grade, had they all been in a consistent, comprehensive art program.
***Current Update: 5/4/15***
- Drawing exercise homework will be assigned to all classes, K-5 this week: 5/4/15-5/8/15, due back the day of your child's Visual Art class next week (Due: 5/11/15-5/15/15).
- A second homework exercise, and an updated study guide for final Visual Art assessments will be sent home next week, 5/11/15-5/15/15, due back the day of your child's Visual Art class the following week (Due: 5/18/15-5/22/15) .
- Homework is given to the student directly, along with an explanation of how to complete it. If your child loses there homework, or is confused, a new copy and sample can be retrieved on the handouts page of this site. Homework does affect grading in Visual Arts.
Final Visual Arts Assessments: will be given to all classes, K-5, during the week of 5/18/15-5/22/15. Updated Study guides will be sent home the week prior, and also made available on the handouts page.
Progress Reports: Progress reports went home on Friday, 5/1/15. Please remember progress reports are not a final grade. Please email me with any questions you have about your student's progress.
Monday classes (Berger-5th, O'Clair-4B) - Assessed March 16th. Study guides were provided and value/form homework packets were assigned and due back 3/2/15.
(Jones-3A) March 31st: Value/form homework packets were assigned and due back 3/17/15. Continue to use provided study guides.
(Jackman-1A, Russell-KA) - Verbal assessments dates March 31st and April 1st - New study guides sent home 3/25/15 and are due back 3/31/15 for Jackman/Russell. These new study guides address current concepts taught, and have been re-structured for verbal assessment.
(Cauldwell-3B) April 1st: Value/form homework packets were assigned and due back 3/18/15. Continue to use provided study guides.
(Griggs-1A, Vaughn-KB) - Verbal assessments dates April 1st and 2nd- New study guides sent home 3/25/15 and are due back 4/1/15. These new study guides address current concepts taught, and have been re-structured for verbal assessment.
Thursday Classes (Dankyi-2A, Torrey-3C) - Assessed March 12th. Study guides provided. Value/form homework packets were assigned and due back 3/5/15
Friday Classes (Grunden-2B, Ferritto-4A) - Assessed March 13th. Study guides provided. Value/form homework packets were assigned and due back 3/6/15.
Update Feb. 2015:
Students had two make-up and review days in February to catch up on any work that they are behind on. Of course, snow days throughout Feb. have put all classes behind schedule. Originally, assessments were scheduled for March 2-6th, but I will be revising our schedule and posting the updated assessment schedule soon. Students will be provided with another copy of the study guide a week prior to the assessments.
2nd - 5th grade - We are reviewing our learned material and moving into value and form. I have - or will be (due to snow days) teaching students drawing techniques with value and form and assigning a practice packet that students will bring home with them when it is assigned. I am sending students home with a printed copy, but another copy can be downloaded from this page. When it comes to drawing, the only way to get better is practice.
1st Grade is reviewing concepts taught and creating their Elements of Art Book.
Kindergarten is working on a science meets Eric Carle project that improves their fine motor and spatial recognition skills while focusing on understanding texture. We have combined their science lesson on hibernation and what animals do with changing seasons with influence from illustrator Eric Carl's work for their final project. Stay tuned!
Update Jan. 2015:
1st-5th Grade: Students spent January creating projects that reinforce the concepts, terms and elements of art that they have learned from the last study guide, while expanding on “texture”. They are now being introduced to two new elements of art: Value and Form and will begin drawing and painting exercises and projects in the coming weeks. A mastery assessment will be given in March. Students will receive a study guide sent home a week prior to the test.
Terms: Media, Mixed Media, Abstract, Representational, Elements of Art: Line, Shape (Geometric, Organic), Color (Primary Colors, Secondary Colors), Texture, Value, Form
Kindergarten: Students spent January creating project that reinforced the concepts, terms and elements of art that they have learned from the last study guide. They are now being introduced to the elements of art: texture - and working in collaboration with their classroom teachers to create art that reinforces science lessons on hibernation.
Terms: Media, Mixed Media, Portfolio, Artist, Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Color (Primary Colors), Texture, Sculpture
Update Dec. 2014:
1st-5th Grade Visual Art students have been creating projects in a variety of media, including chalk pastel, while applying and expanding on the Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Color and Texture. They are learning to analyze art in terms of Abstract & Representational and Historical & Contemporary. We have been studying cave paintings from the Paleolithic Art Period.
5th Grade Visual Art has also teamed up with Media Arts to work on digital photography and photo manipulation.
Kindergarten has been creating art using Line, Shape and Color, inspired by artists Wassily Kandinsky and Cy Twombly. Their work, along with featured work from the 1st grade IS exhibit can be seen in the front left window of TCEA.
All students were sent home with study guides in an effort to communicate with families what we are learning. You are able to download these study guides if needed at the left of this screen.