Grade 1 Visual Arts

Artistic development at ACS is guided by the National Core Arts Standards. In the Elementary division, these standards are taught in Drama and Dance, Music, and Visual Arts (Art) classes. The standards are divided into 4 key areas: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting

Drawing

Unit Sketch

This unit will be a grades 1-5 collaborative project focused around the four core values of ACS. , Students will design leaves for a "Giving Tree" using, Lines, Shapes, Pattern, Good craftsmanship.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand...

  • How to use line to convey 3 dimensions, movement, and light.
  • How to critique other as well as be critiqued using the P.Q.P method (Praise, Question, Propose)
  • How to use contrasting colors to make shapes "pop" in an art piece.
  • The "See- Think- Wonder- Change" practice

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Use the drawing tools correctly and safely
  • Critique
  • Ground their objects using lines and patterns.
  • Tell a story or get their message across through a drawing and NOT text

Painting

Unit Sketch

This unit focuses on painting skills, techniques, art history, style, movement, and experimentation.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand...

  • What goes into an actual painting and the history behind some of the famous works.
  • Museums, Art Exhibits, Curators: what goes into displaying a collection.
  • Styles and periods in the Art movement.
  • The science behind COLOR THEORY.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Analyze and critique famous works of art
  • Identify the difference in various Artistic styles and movements
  • Look deeper into a painting for the story without words
  • Either paint a reproduction or follow in the same style of a famous painter
  • Give an informal presentation before the class
  • Present some history about their painting and the artist and movement

Building

Unit Sketch

This unit focuses on 3D composition: Design, Problem solve, Build, Decorate

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand...

  • The difference between 2D and 3D.
  • The challenges, problem solving and differences between drawing and building.
  • That people from different places and times have made art for a variety of reasons.

Skills

Students will be able to...

Balance/construct/sculpt/build a 3D object out of clay, found materials and paper mache' following learned techniques

Build a 3D sculpture out of various materials then glaze or paint the finished piece, showing texture, balance and good craftsmanship

Composition

Unit Sketch

Students will work together on a piece of art for the school.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand...

  • Explain why some objects, artifacts, and artwork are valued over others.
  • The value and importance of the arts in our lives and in the world.
  • That art can be created collaboratively for a variety of purposes.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Engage collaboratively in exploration and imaginative play with materials
  • Create, develop, and refine artistic works