• Art
    Welcome Parents!
    How can art class benefit your child? Great question! Visual arts education is made up of more than crayons, markers, and paint. When kids make art together, they learn to cooperate and appreciate each others talents. Well planned art making lessons promote a sharing of materials and ideas. It enlivens imagination, encourages positive risk-taking and enhances critical thinking skills. Art can be empowering. When children feel successful while engaged in meaningful art activities, they can imagine success in other areas too. Art teaches problem solving because with art, there’s always another solution, another answer. It’s so important. It is a wonderful tool that can motivate kids in all aspects of their school lives and build life long learners. Looking forward to a great year…




    Kindergarten students have art class once a week. Students will experiment with a variety of media, understand why artists choose certain materials and will be exposed to many artists from various periods. Our young artists will explore animals, places and people, focusing on the elements of art: line, color, shape, form, space, and texture. Throughout the year, our projects will revolve around units of study including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and sculpture. The goal of our program is to teach five- and six-year-olds the skills to make choices, problem solve, and work independently and within a group. Students will be encouraged to work from observation as well as their imagination, and recognize the names of art tools and describe their functions. Students will share their artwork using art vocabulary after every unit.


    First and second grade students will continue their development as artists by experimenting with new materials and techniques. They will continue to refine their fine motor skills, and focus on using the elements of art to make artworks depicting subjects that are familiar to them. Students will explore a variety of tools and materials such as markers, oil pastels, crayons, watercolor, and collage, as well as 3-D media. Students will identify primary and secondary colors and describe various types of lines, geometric shapes, and patterns. Students will study a variety of artists and art movements and learn how to compare and contrast, use new vocabulary, and identify artistic media. Students will share and self-assess their artwork through the use of a rubric at the end of each unit.


    Third and fourth grade students will expand upon the skills learned in the lower grades to continue their development as artists. Units of study will include drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and 3-D media. Students will learn how to depict objects in two dimensions, understand scale and overlapping and one-point perspective. Experimenting with composition, students will create still lifes and examine three-dimensional forms such as cubes, spheres, and cones. Students will create landscapes showing evidence of a foreground, middle-ground and background. The color wheel will be revisited. Students will create color studies of complementary and analogous colors, as well as experiment with mixing tints and shades. Students will have opportunities for discussion when introduced to a new work of art or artist from various periods throughout history. Art vocabulary and critical thinking skills will be expanded upon through class discussions. Students will work both independently and collaboratively. Students will keep a notebook to record and critique their progress and self-assess their artwork through the use of a rubric.


    Fifth grade art students are ready for a more in-depth artistic experience with a variety of materials. Discussion of the elements and principles of art will enable students to speak confidently about the art-making process as they continue to explore drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, and printmaking. The drawing unit will include gesture and contour drawings, shading techniques such as hatching or cross-hatching, and blending with charcoal. Three-dimensional space will be explored through gradations of color, one- and two-point perspective and positive and negative space. Students will be encouraged to be creative in finding new applications for media and tools while they develop their individual style. Discussions will focus on analyzing, interpreting, synthesizing, comparing and contrasting famous works of art. Students will be introduced to the life of the artist and the historical, social and economic climate of the period in which the art was produced. Students will acquire and use appropriate art vocabulary when engaged in discussions.  Students will develop and share their own opinions and personal responses to each piece and record them in their art notebooks. Students will learn how to conduct an art critique and assess their art through the use of a rubric.


    Ms. Di Turi