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.

Enduring Understandings

  • Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.

  • Artists communicate purpose and meaning through problem solving and thoughtful choices.

Essential Questions

  • 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?