Kindergarten students focus on developing basic artistic skills, hand-eye coordination, and proper use of scissors. Although the majority of art projects, at their level, will revolve around cut-paper, drawing, and painting, Kindergarten art is all about experimentation. Building 3-dimensional art projects, weaving with paper, and working with textiles are also essential parts of the art curriculum. Kindergarten students learn about Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Georges Seurat, Eric Carle, Georgia O’Keeffe, Roy De Forest, and Jackson Pollock.
First and second graders have fun exploring new concepts in art as they strengthen their artistic abilities and discover new creative challenges. They draw, paint, construct, collage, print, cut, sew, and weave. They learn about positive and negative space. Featured artists include: Yayoi Kusama, Wassily Kandinsky, Jasper Johns, Vincent van Gogh, William H. Johnson, Alma Thomas, Henri Rousseau, Edgar Degas, Wayne Thiebaud, Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami.
Building on lessons learned in lower grades, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders gain confidence in drawing more realistically, using shading techniques such as blending, smudging, stippling, and cross-hatching. They train their eyes to see how light hits an object, and they learn about one-point perspective. Our annual “Recycled Materials Art Project” encourages sustainability and reuse in a fun way. Working over several class periods, students use hot glue and duct tape to create sculptural art pieces made with repurposed recycled materials.
Examples of featured artists include Frida Kahlo, Marc Chagall, Albrecht Dürer, Henri Matisse, Jacob Lawrence, Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Faith Ringgold, Rosie Lee Tompkins.