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Art

Kindergarten

Art remains a vital instrument for the communication of both intellectual and emotional growth.  During the kindergarten year the child will develop a number of skills that will show a growing awareness of community, including ways to behave and learn in groups.  The subject of art rests on a unique visual experience and permits students to perceive and understand ideas or feelings about themselves and the world around them.

This year in art, students will have the opportunity to experience many types of media and techniques as well as explore the history and works of our great masters.  Some children will be at the very important scribbling stage of work and some will be making representational work including the schematic level.  The immediate sensuous aspect of the elements of art can be experienced by every kindergarten child whatever the child’s stage of drawing development.  Exploration of color, texture, shape, and volume will be incorporated throughout the year.  By the end of the kindergarten year, the child should be able to go beyond simple direct experiences.

Student’s creativity in art will continue to flourish and will be on display throughout the school year.
 

First Grade

Art remains a vital instrument for the communication of both intellectual and emotional growth.  Some first graders still “scribble,” although very few persist at this level for long.  Some still draw figures with the leg coming right from the head and little or no “body.”  Most would fall into the Lowenfeld preschematic and schematic stages. 

Elements derived from mass media often show up in first graders’ work, usually not assimilated into the general scheme of the rest of the work in which they appear.  The subject of art rests on a unique visual experience and permits students to perceive and understand ideas or feelings about the world around them.

During this year in art, the building of vocabulary useful in talking about art should continue.  The child should be introduced to the idea that talking about art, whether made by oneself or others, must be done within rule-like structures.  Students will continue to explore the elements of art including color, texture, shape and volume.  Throughout the first grade year in art, students will extend their experiences with many types of media and techniques, as well as explore the history and works of our great masters.

Students’ creativity in art will continue to flourish and will be on display throughout the school year.

Second Grade

Art remains a vital instrument for the communication of both intellectual and emotional growth.  The subject of art rests on a unique visual experience and permits students to perceive and understand ideas of feelings about the world around them through visual forms.  In second grade graphic formulas from all sources come and go in the children’s work.  They use popular comic strip, computer game and animated images mixed with drawing thought to be classically child-like.  Most of the work is schematic, with some pre-schematic.

The children’s knowledge of the world has often grown to include the neighborhood, as well as the school environment.  During this year in art, children will use this knowledge in their work as subject matter.  Students will continue to explore the elements of art involving color, texture, shape and volume.  Throughout the second grade year in art, students will extend their experiences with many types of media and techniques as well as explore the history and works of our great masters.