Art


Kindergarten Art

Support for classroom curriculum with emphasis on multicultural aspects.


CONCEPTS: line variety, color mixing, geometric and organic shapes, two and three- dimensions, texture, sphere, and cube.

EXAMPLE PROJECTS: watercolor resist, print-making, recycled sculpture, textured clay sculptures, sewn pouches, cooperative collages


First Grade Art

Support for classroom curriculum with integrated activities.


CONCEPTS: understand the use of line and rhythm in a work of art, understanding function and form, show space, simple overlapping, and perspective, recognize texture and symmetry, understanding basic color theory.

EXAMPLE PROJECTS: representational drawing and painting from still life, combines, printmaking, illustrating emotion, texture collages, slab, and additive clay hand building and experimental tape paintings.


Second Grade Art

Support for classroom curriculum with emphasis on literacy and book arts.


CONCEPTS: awareness of size relationship and proportion, positive and negative space, design in natural organisms, simple color theory.

EXAMPLE PROJECTS: cardboard portraits, pattern collages, Donald Judd-inspired paintings, printmaking with press and cyanotype processes, painting from still life, using and mixing primary colors, naturalist observations, clay slab or coil planters.


Third Grade Art

Support for classroom curriculum with integrated activities.


CONCEPTS: proportion, composition, architectural design, abstract stylization, one point perspective, warm/cool colors, three-dimensional sculpture, radial balance and symmetry.

EXAMPLE PROJECTS: Papier-mâché Dia de los Muertos masks, cooperative mural painting, clay masks, collagraph printing, blind contour figure drawings and portraits, torn paper collages family portraits, and urban style portraits.


Fourth Grade Art

Support for classroom curriculum with an emphasis on fabric arts.


CONCEPTS: contrast in color, human proportion, cultural identities, contextual observation, human facial proportion, two-point perspective.

EXAMPLE PROJECTS: Biomorphic sculpture, recycled material collagraph prints, paper sculpture, Digital transfers, cyanotype printing, Chuck Close inspired portraits.


Fifth Grade Art

Support for classroom curriculum with integrated activities.


CONCEPTS: realism, abstraction, human proportion, light and shadow, pattern, use of line to show three dimensions, symbolism, radial symmetry, difference in art from a variety of cultures, graphic design, foreshortening, center of interest and balance.

EXAMPLE PROJECTS: Gustav Klimt-inspired figure painting with emphasis on pattern, Romare Bearden-inspired mixed media collages, William Kentridge-inspired pen and ink drawing/prints, clay storytellers inspired by the work of Helen Cordero, and Urban art study.


Sixth Grade Art

Sixth through eighth grades share a three year rotation program that builds an awareness of and excitement about existing imagery and sculpture.


FOCUS EXAMPLES: 19th and 20th century artists and styles, Basquiat expressive symbolism portraiture, Ruscha perspective study, Marisol clay sculpture, van Gogh color study and texture drawing, Close portraiture and abstraction, Saar found object and wood sculpture shadowboxes, Haring collaborative murals, Noguchi akari lanterns and 3D sculpture, Warhol cylinder, cube, color, and design study, Calder’s Circus and mobiles, study of Voduo and effigies.

ROUTINES: sketchbook practice, Surprise Bag Draw (drawing hidden objects from touch), favorite object draw.

SKILLS: materials manipulation: wire, wood, clay, fabric, soft sculpture, printing, design and planning, drawing.


Seventh Grade Art

Sixth through eighth grades share a three year rotation program that builds an awareness of and excitement about existing imagery and sculpture.


FOCUS EXAMPLES: 19th and 20th century artists and styles, Basquiat expressive symbolism portraiture, Ruscha perspective study, Marisol clay sculpture, van Gogh color study and texture drawing, Close portraiture and abstraction, Saar found object and wood sculpture shadowboxes, Haring collaborative murals, Noguchi Akari lanterns and 3D sculpture, Warhol cylinder, cube, color, and design study, Calder’s Circus and mobiles, study of Voduo and effigies.

ROUTINES: Sketchbook practice, Surprise Bag Draw (drawing hidden objects from touch), favorite object draw.

SKILLS: materials manipulation: wire, wood, clay fabric, soft sculpture, printing, design and planning, drawing.


Eighth Grade Art

Sixth through Eighth grades share a three year rotation program that builds an awareness of and excitement about existing imagery and sculpture.


FOCUS:  FOCUS EXAMPLES: 19th and 20th century artists and styles, Basquiat expressive symbolism portraiture, Ruscha perspective study, Marisol clay sculpture, van Gogh color study and texture drawing, Close portraiture and abstraction, Saar found object and wood sculpture shadowboxes, Haring collaborative murals, Noguchi akari lanterns and 3D sculpture, Warhol cylinder, cube, color, and design study, Calder’s Circus and mobiles, study of Voduo and effigies.

ROUTINES: Sketchbook practice, Surprise Bag Draw (drawing hidden objects from touch), favorite object draw.

SKILLS: materials manipulation: wire, wood, clay fabric, soft sculpture, printing, design and planning, drawing.