EVERGREEN CHARTER SCHOOLArt Curriculum
The Evergreen Charter School Art Curriculum focuses on integrating studio art and art history in an engaging, creative, and imaginative environment. Many projects and discussions integrate art with the classroom curriculum. Technology works seamlessly in supporting lessons, incorporating use of smart boards, Internet, printer, monitors, as well as iMacs computers.
Art history and aesthetic visual discussions make frequent use of projected images. Students discuss various aspects of art, such as color, space, line, and form; how these images make them feel; what they see; and what they like and dislike. Knowledge of famous artists and the culture or art movement they were part of also plays a role in students acquiring an understanding of art and the context in which it is created.
Studio projects relate to concepts covered in the visual presentation and discussion.
Students occasionally visit the computer lab to look up artists as they work on specific projects.
Grades K – 5
The arts help learners to develop creative problem-solving skills, development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. Integrating art with other disciplines reaches students who might not otherwise be engaged in classwork. Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them easier to understand. All lessons include, concepts of art making, exploration of materials, and/or Art History
Art Curriculum Includes:
- Wax Resist Valentine’s Cards
- Kieth Haring
- Abstract Name Art
- Pattern Caterpillars
- Amate Art
- Picasso Portraits
- Dot Day
- Nazca Lines Sand Art
- Pointillism Landscapes
- Pointillism Fish
- Paper Sculptures
- Career Puppets
- Winter Wonderland Drawings
- Thanksgiving Hand Turkeys
- Jasper Johns Numbers
- Andy Goldsworthy
- Experience art created by different cultures: Know how the art in these cultures are different in subject matter and media; make art inspired by the art of these cultures.
- Expand skills and knowledge in additive and subtractive sculpture: develop sculptural form through a combination of several media, such as assemblage, clay, plaster, or paper.
- Feel comfortable discussing works of art: identify the idea behind the work; express feelings associated with creating art; identify line, shape, color, texture, variety, pattern, and movement in your art.
- Use many kinds of two and three-dimensional media to create art; plan or sketch ideas before beginning to work; show and explain the elements and principles of art and include a materials list.
- Experience art made by some cultures and master artists: learn how art made in these cultures is different (subject matter, media, history); examine works by master artists in and identify some master works; create art inspired by these cultures and artists.
- Use various elements of art to create original works of art using positive/negative space, form and color in two and three dimensional works.
- Learn color basics and expand knowledge by understanding and mixing tints, tones and shades.
- Expand the ability to pre-plan artwork and use many kinds of two and three-dimensional media to create art; show and explain the elements and principles of art and include a materials list.
- Experience art made by different cultures and master artists and sculptors: learn how art made in these cultures is different (styles, subject matter, media); examine works by master artists and identify some masterworks; create art inspired by these cultures and artists
- Expand the ability to use a variety of art materials and tools, and practice proper maintenance.
Grades 6 – 9
- Expand the ability to use the elements of art (line, color, shape, texture, form, and space) to create and respond to art, including perspective, symbolic forms, the color wheel, hue placement, and mixing.
- Further develop skills needed to achieve realism, such as contour drawing, shading, eye/hand coordination, and drawing by observation rather than preconception.
- Expand the ability to distinguish among principles and elements of art, recognize and learn to use unique characteristics of a variety of materials, and pre-plan work.
- Appreciate the many kinds of world art, learn artist’s basic background, anecdotal details, and how they express ideas and feelings; recognize and learn to use different ways artists get their ideas (thumbnails, brainstorming, rough sketch, reference, imagination, sketching from life.
- Make connections between art and other disciplines: learn about how art history is related to history in general; learn about some of the mathematical principles related to art (proportion and scale, geometry, pattern and repetition, measurement, etc.); use visual art to respond to other art forms (literature, music, dance).