K – 4 Visual Art
The Big Idea: Exploration. Communication. Problem Solving. Creativity.
Artists are explorers, communicators, and problem solvers.
We will dissect this idea through use of a plethora of materials and methods, studying of historic and modern artists, ancient-modern cultures, and incorporating personal interests of students. The aim is to foster an environment of confidence and acceptance alongside individual imaginative and creative exploration.
Motor skill and vocabulary growth will be addressed through a spiraling curriculum which scaffolds learning so that students continuously build and advance their dexterous development and verbal communication.
Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.
Artists communicate purpose and meaning through problem solving and thoughtful choices.
What conditions, attitudes, and behaviors support creativity and innovative thinking?
What factors prevent or encourage people to take creative risks?
How do artists’ choices influence how they communicate?
Learning Goals: Create and Communicate.
As determined by grade-level standards, students will be able to...
Understand, Explore, Apply, Identify, Revise, Connect
Additional Enduring Understandings
Artists choose a variety of materials and methods to visually communicate different ideas and tell stories.
People develop ideas and understandings of society, culture, and history through their interactions with and analysis of art.
Individual and empathetic awareness developed through engagement with art can lead to understanding and appreciation of self, others, and the environment.
People gain insights into meanings of artworks by engaging in the process of art criticism.
Additional Essential Questions
Why do artists choose the materials they’ll use in each piece?
How does art help us understand the lives of people of different times, places, and cultures?
How do life experiences influence the way you relate to art and perceive the world?
What is the value of engaging in the process of art criticism? How does a viewer “read” a work of art? How does knowing and using visual art vocabularies help us understand and interpret works of art?