KG1 Visual Arts

Creative Curriculum


  • Explores the visual arts



  • Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

    • Attends and engages

    • Persists

    • Solves problems

    • Shows curiosity and motivation

    • Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking

  • Remembers and connects experiences

    • Recognizes and recalls

    • Makes connections

  • Uses classification skills

  • Uses symbols and images to represent something not present

    • Thinks symbolically

    • Engages in socio-dramatic play

Artistic development at ACS is guided by the National Core Arts Standards. In KG1 these standards guide the development of the art program. The standards are divided into 4 key areas: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting.

Beginning of the Year

Unit Sketch

This is the introduction of the teacher to the class and the students to the Art room. Students will take a tour, they will look around, we will introduce ourselves, present class rules, and work on a short fun activity.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • The Art room is a space where they can imagine and create.

  • Mistakes are part of the creative process.

  • Mistakes help us discover new things.

  • We all see Art differently.

  • There are different tools and materials that artists use to create.

  • Art ideas can be anywhere in the world.

  • Artists try new things and take risks.

  • Artists work alone and also collaborate.


Students will be able to...

  • Find things in the Art room

  • Identify their teacher and Instructional Assistant

  • Know where to sit in Art class


Unit Sketch

Children will learn basic concepts of drawing: dot, line, shapes and form. They will be exposed to different media: pencils, crayons, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels. They will work with some of the Art Elements: Line, Color, Shape. They will learn how to use the materials properly and safely. They will understand how to make different marks using the variety of tools they are offered. They will experiment with a variety of paper types and sizes. Children will be introduced to critiques.

We will focus on letting our eyes look at details so that we can draw what we are looking, Children are still learning how to hold the materials properly with good drip, there will be a lot of modeling this type of skills.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Dot is the beginning of a line.

  • Lines can create shapes.

  • Lines, shapes and forms are elements of art.

  • Dots, lines, shapes and forms can be put together to create a piece of art.

  • Pictures can be made purely from dots, shapes or lines.

  • Abstract art can be made from just lines and shapes.

  • Lines can represent movement.

  • Lines could be delicate, strong, symmetrical, movable.

  • Lines can show texture and movement.

  • Lines can show emotions.

  • Drawings can represent an artistic idea.

  • Artistic ideas can be expressed using colors, lines and shapes.

  • There are different types of drawings.

  • Sketches help artists plan their ideas.

  • Artists get ideas from the world around them.

  • Looking at the basic components of things (lines, shapes) help artists draw their ideas.

  • Artists need to practice in order to create.

  • Artists communicate with others through their Art.

  • A drawing could be realistic.

  • Each art material and media help us create in a certain way.

  • Artists explore with ideas and materials before they start they creative process.

  • How can artists be creative.


Students will be able to...

  • Use different drawing art tools to create their pieces (markers, colored pencils, crayons, oil pastels)

  • Be able to share materials with others

  • Take proper care of the art materials they are working with

  • Engage in self-directed play with materials

  • Understand that every tool makes different types of marks and traces

  • Use of skills to create art

  • Draw and cut out shapes

  • Recognize different types of lines

  • Create an abstract picture using shapes and lines

  • Analyze the art of famous artists that use shapes (Art appreciation)

  • Authentic work: i.e. Connecting to life outside the classroom

  • Look for the elements of shape in order to make a drawing


Unit Sketch

Children will learn about Clay (modeling clay, air dry clay, earth clay) They will learn the basic skills (rolling balls, coils, scratch, slabs, smooth, seal, slip) They will understand that clay is used for different purposes (pottery, sculpting, create a piece of art). Understand the differences between the types of clay and its uses. They will work on creating a masterpiece as a final project based on what they've learned and practiced.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Using clay help artists/sculptures to create pieces that will be useful in daily life like pottery or to create pieces of art.

  • Artists use different mediums to create and design, Clay is one of those.

  • Artistic ideas come from a variety of sources, observations, the world around us, other artists, own inspiration, feelings.

  • Artists create/model/sculpt with a clear idea of what they want to communicate, show, present.

  • Artists plan and organize their ideas and use art principles and elements to get there.

  • How can using different mediums and elements of art (color, texture and shape) will help them as artists differentiate their art from someone else's art?

  • How can creating art will help people let others know about their ideas.

  • How can planning ideas ahead of time and practice can help artists create.


Students will be able to...

  • Roll coils/snakes, make slabs/cakes, roll balls

  • Twist and pinch, manipulate a piece of clay

  • Use the rolling pin, knives, mats, sculpting tools

  • Texture mats

  • Decide, choose and design their final project

  • Plan and transport their idea to a piece of earth clay

  • Experiment with glaze


Unit Sketch

Students will explore using different kinds of paint ( tempera, watercolor, and acrylic). They will learn recognize and care for their materials. Throughout the unit we will look at famous pieces of art and discuss art history. Some mentor artists we will look at this year include Claude Monet, Frida Kahlo, and Vasily Kandinsky.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Painting is a form of artwork


Students will be able to...

  • Recognize materials for painting (different brushes, water, palettes, mixing trays)

  • Name primary and secondary colors

  • Various strokes and ways of painting

  • The process of painting (how to use materials)