Essential Questions:

  • Where can we find art?

  • How am I using shape, line, and color in my artwork?

  • How and where do artists get their ideas?

  • Why create art?

  • What makes my art look good?

  • What do you think the artist was trying to say?

  • How did you make your artwork meaningful?

  • Critique their own artwork as well as the work of others.


  • Elements of Art and Principles of Design

  • Primary and Secondary Colors

  • Explore line & texture.

  • Positive and negative space in two- and three-dimensional works of art

  • Discuss art-related careers.

  • Sculpture and three-dimensional works of art in a variety of materials

  • Identify landscape, portrait, still life, self-portrait.



  • Use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to create art works.

  • Use the Elements of Art to create a cohesive composition.

  • Use variety of line to create texture.

  • Mix secondary intermediate colors using primary colors.

  • Create tints and shades.

  • Create positive and negative shapes in two- and three-dimensional works of art.

  • Create a one-point perspective artwork.

  • Create a paper weaving.

  • Create an additive sculpture and/or mixed media work of art using a variety of materials including found objects.


Suggested Projects:

  • Harold & the Purple Crayon –Line adventure

  • Model Magic color mixing

  • Fruit & Vegetable prints

  • Geometric shapes

  • Texture rubbings

  • Found object Constructions

  • Cityscape Collage

  • Bendy Animals

  • Personal Sketchbook

  • House for Hermit Crab-Eric Carle Sponge prints

  • String Painting

  • Modeling clay figures

  • Piet Mondrian inspired artwork

  • Faith Ringgold inspired fabric paintings

  • Jackson Pollock art piece

  • Georgia O’Keefe inspired flowers

  • Romare Bearden collage

  • Paul Klee pastel cats

  • Create a digital portfolio to document art throughout the year.

  • Display authentic work throughout school, district, and community.

  • Student chooses their favorite artwork from their sketchbook and explains why it’s their favorite

  • Observe, discuss and critique works of famous works of art.

  • Have students create unique and personal titles for art works.

  • Have students fill out a personal rubric to evaluate their own work.


Response Assessment:

  • What makes my work original?

  • How does my work express my emotions?

  • What is the main idea in the work of art?

  • What inspires me?

  • How is your artwork meaningful?

  • How does the artwork express ideas about the community?

  • Can art express the hidden emotions of a person?

  • How does the artwork represent a moment?

  • Listen to music and create an abstract composition using elements of design.



(1) The student develops and expands visual literacy skills, utilizing critical thought, imagination, and the senses, to observe and explore the world by learning about, understanding, and applying the Elements of Art and Principles of Design and expressive qualities. Students use what they see, know, and have experienced as sources for examining, understanding, and creating artworks.

(A) Gather information from subjects in the environment using the five senses.

(B) Identify the Elements of Art, including line, shape, colors, textures, and forms and The Principles of Design including pattern/repetition and balance in the environment.


Creative Expression

(2) The student communicates ideas through original artworks using a variety of media with appropriate skill. Students express their thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imaginations, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and progressive problem-solving skills.

(A) Create artworks, using a variety of lines, shapes, colors, textures, and forms.

(B) Arrange components intuitively to create artworks.

(C) Use a variety of materials to develop manipulative skills while engaging in opportunities for exploration, through drawing, painting, printmaking, constructing artworks, and sculptures, including modeled forms.


Historical/ Cultural Heritage

(3) The Student demonstrates an understanding of art history and culture by analyzing artists styles, historical periods, and a variety of cultures. Students develop global awareness and a respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures.

(A) Identify simple ideas expressed in artworks.

(B) Share ideas in artworks about personal experiences such as family and friends and develop awareness and sensitivity to differing experiences and opinions through art.

(C) Identify the uses of art in everyday life.

(D) Relate visual art concepts to other disciplines.


Evaluation and Response

(4) By responding to and analyzing personal artworks and the works of others, students make informed judgments and reasoned evaluations.

(A) Explain ideas about personal artworks or portfolios.

(B) Express ideas found in collections such as real or virtual art museums, galleries, portfolios, or

exhibitions using original artworks created by artists or peers.

(C) Compile collections of artwork such as physical artwork, electronic images, sketchbooks, or portfolios for the purposes of self evaluations or exhibitions.


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