KG2 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.

Beginning of the Year

Unit Sketch

This is the introduction of the teacher to the class and the students to the Art room, we will take a tour, let them look around, introduce ourselves, present the rules of the class, work on a short fun activity, and decorate the folders for the year.

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 TA

  • Know where to sit in Art class

  • Work independently on their activity


Unit Sketch

Children will learn basic concepts of drawing: dot, line, shapes, forms. 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, Form, as well as Art Principles: Pattern, Rhythm and Balance

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Dots are the beginning of lines and shapes

  • Lines are part of our environment

  • Lines will become shapes when connected

  • Shapes can be geometric or organic

  • Artists draw from what they see, what they remember, and what they imagine.

  • Drawing can be done by decomposing images to the basic elements of shapes.

  • They can use different media to create

  • There can be realistic Art and abstract Art

  • There is a proper use for each art material and a way to take care of it.

  • Students will understand that art is created through trial and error.

  • Artists critique their own artwork in order to get better.

  • Lines on their own can make Art.


Students will be able to...

  • Create art using dots

  • Draw different types of lines

  • Draw shapes

  • Identify lines in the environment

  • Classify art between Abstract and Realistic

  • Use the environment as a source of ideas.

  • Use imagination as a source of ideas

  • Use their own experiences to be able to create

  • Name drawing media

  • Know how to properly use drawing tools

  • Adapt and improvise when there is a problem during the creative process

  • Analyze their work to determine whether the Art Elements are included in their project


Unit Sketch

Children will learn about Clay (modeling clay, air dry clay, earth clay) They will learn the basic skills (rolling balls, coils, slabs, pinch pots, scratch, 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, researched 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.

  • Artists use clay to let represent their ideas.


Students will be able to...

  • Roll coils/snakes, make slabs/cakes, roll balls, make a pinch pot

  • Twist and pinch, manipulate a piece of clay

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

  • Textures mats

  • Decide, choose and design their final project

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

  • Experiment with glaze

  • Learn about the fire process


Unit Sketch

For this unit children will use a variety of materials and media. Students work on hand building with construction paper and collage techniques.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand ...

  • What a sculpture is

  • How we can build in art

  • How we can mix materials to create something new

  • The difference between 2D and 3D

  • The difference between forms and shape


Students will be able to...

  • Cut, fold, break, bend, twist, paste to create something new.

  • Understand the difference between 2D and 3D

  • Use different materials to give effects to their pieces.

  • Use of balance, texture, patterns, movements

Composition 2

Unit Sketch

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand ...

  • Form, color, texture, balance, movement, and emphasis and unity when building 3D forms out of paper, modeling clay, red earth clay and paper-mache


Students will be able to...

  • Students will be able to build a sculpture out of clay as well as paper-mache and will be able to glaze or paint their fired pieces


Unit Sketch

During this unit children will be exposed to different types of paint (tempera, watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels) They will learn how to use the materials properly, how to use the paint brush, how to do proper strokes, how to make sure materials stay clean and in good condition. They will be exposed to a variety of tools not only paintbrushes, cotton buds, pencil tips, fingers, sponges... They will learn the basic concepts of color mixing. They will learn about shades and tints. on a final based on a specific artist. Throughout the unit we will look at famous pieces of art and discuss art history. Classes will cover different artists and Art Periods, children will be presented with different paintings and techniques from around the world. Some mentor artists we will look at this year include Claude Monet, Frida Kahlo, and Vasily Kandinsky. Their final project will be an acrylic self-portrait.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand ...

  • There are different types of Art

  • Images are everywhere they are different

  • Artists represent images in different ways

  • Colors can be used pure or mixed to represent something.

  • How to mix primary colors in order to get secondary

  • Colors have a certain order (rainbow)

  • Black and white are neutrals

  • Different art tools and materials help you produce and create art

  • The use of techniques allows you to express different ideas and feelings in your art

  • Where do artists get ideas and inspiration to create art

  • How new ideas appear bringing new movements or theories that artist use on their work (Art History)


Students will be able to...

  • Paint using different tools and materials

  • Paint creating different strokes

  • Mix primary colors to get the secondary ones

  • Add white and black to make shades and tints

  • Create an abstract artwork based on their own feelings and experience

  • Paint using warm and cool colors

  • Produce an abstract piece of art

  • Talk about their art and others