Grade 2 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 that...

  • Artists identify the basic outline of objects and break the image into basic shapes
  • Critiquing art helps us to better understand and appreciate art.
  • Using specific practices when critiquing art, make the critique more meaningful.
  • Critics can "Look like a Scientist" when analyzing a picture.
  • There is a difference between experimentations, drafts, and final products; that mistakes can be fixed and that it is a good thing to be a risk taker.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Use the drawing tools correctly and safely
  • Identify the difference between 2D and 3D shapes and forms
  • Locate the basic outline of any object and how to break down the image into basic shapes.
  • Critique using the P.Q.P method
  • Use the "See Think Wonder & Change" method
  • Respond and connect to artistic ideas and works by understanding and evaluating their meaning and context

Painting

Unit Sketch

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

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Art is influenced by the times in which it is created.
  • There have been various styles and periods in the art movement.
  • There is science behind COLOR THEORY.
  • Looking deeper into a painting for the story without words helps to better understand and appreciate the work of art.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Identify elements and principles of design when looking at art
  • Demonstrate safe procedures for using and cleaning art tools, equipment, and studio spaces
  • Distinguish between different materials or artistic techniques for preparing artwork for presentation
  • 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...

  • There is a difference between 2D and 3D.
  • There are differences between drawing and building that provide challenges and require problem-solving.
  • Creating works of art requires perseverance.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Brainstorm collaboratively multiple approaches to an art or design problem
  • Repurpose objects to make something new
  • Balance/construct/sculpt/build a 3D object out of clay, found materials and paper mache' following learned techniques
  • Show texture, balance, and good craftsmanship in their work
  • Compare and contrast cultural uses of artwork from different times and places

Composition

Unit Sketch

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

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand...

  • 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...

  • Categorize artwork based on a theme or concept for an exhibit
  • Brainstorm collaboratively multiple approaches to an art or design problem
  • Engage collaboratively in exploration and imaginative play with materials
  • Create, develop, and refine artistic works