• Art Curriculum 


    Concepts and Elements of Art

    Artworks Focused in Curriculum


    Students will...

    *review basic skills like drawing, cutting, and identification of shapes and colors.

    *learn to work with shape, color, balance, and planned pattern.

    *learn that... art can be narrative, art can imply movement or move

    Students will be looking at...

    *The Cave Paintings at Lascaux (France)

    *The Architecture of the Taj Mahal (India) and St. Basil’s Cathedral (Russia)

    *The painting Peasant Wedding by Brueghel and the painting Broadway Boogie Woogie by Mondrian

    *The Lobster Tail and Fish Trap mobile by Alexander Calder


    Students will learn that...

    * art can be about real life or fantasy

    * some artists are self-taught

    *colors are arranged on a color wheel

    * art can be constructed to be three-dimensional or include fibers

    * art can contain symbols

    and lines have direction and dimension

    Students will be looking at...

    *The paintings of Henri Rousseau, Edward Hicks, and Horace Pippin

    *The Totem Poles of Northwest Native Americans, The African Benin Masks

    *The Architecture and Engineering of the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge


    Students will learn that...

    *art uses pictorial balance and can look real

    *artists can be trained in art schools

    *groups can work together to create art and art can be about special people

    *art can be symmetrical

    *monuments are sculptural and architectural

    Students will be looking at...

    *The paintings of Auguste Renior, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, and Edgar Degas.

    *Egyptian Art

    (King Tutenkhamun’s Tomb, The Great Sphinx, and The Bust of Queen Nefertiti)

    *The monuments: Stonehenge (England), Great Pyramids at Giza (Egypt), and Chichen Itza (Mexico)


    Students will learn that...

    *basic shapes can be drawn as geometric forms

    *in architecture "form can follow function"

    *art can contain tactile and visual textures

    *art can be public and private

    *modern materials are used for modern sculpture and architecture

    *2-D art includes land-, city-, and sea-scapes

    Students will be looking at...

    *The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, and I.M. Pei

    *The sculptures of Claes Oldenburg and Louise Nevelson

    *The paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, Winslow Homer, Hokusai, and Georges Seurat


    Students will learn that...

    *art can be symbolic

    *portraits in art can be realistic or abstract and in multiple images

    *the proportions of the human figure and face can be learned and applied to art through contour and gesture drawing

    *architecture can fit into the environment and can be built as a community

    *art contains balance, unity and variety

    Students will be looking at...

    *The portrait paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, Diego Velasquez, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, and Henri Matisse.

    *The sculptures of the Terra Cotta Army (China), the Great Buddha at Kamakura (Japan), and the artist Marisol Escobar

    *The Architecture of Machu Picchu (Peru), Forbidden City(China), Mesa Verde(USA), and Arcosanti (Paolo Soleri, USA)


    Students will learn that...

    *colors are organized based on specific theories of relatonships

    *still life is a subject in art

    *art can have radial balance

    *there are elements of classical architecture and sculpture may be a part of architecture

    *sculpture can be in the round or in the relief

    *art may be decorative and used to enhance other things

    *how we see art is affected by the artist’s intent and our perspective of the subject

    Students will be looking at...

    *The paintings of Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keefe, and Vincent Van Gogh.

    *The Architecture of the Parthenon (Greece), the Villa Rotunda (Italy), and Monticello (by Thomas Jefferson in Virginia).

    *The sculpture and relief sculpture of the Parthenon, the Descent of the River Ganges (India), and the Gates of Paradise (Italy).

         Developing positive attitudes towards art for a lifetime…

    …Is the singular goal of the Art Education program at Newtown Elementary School (NES). During their years at NES, our students learn about art history, discover new techniques and processes, and engage in meaningful discussions about art.

    Student artwork is highlighted in small exhibits throughout the school year in the halls of NES, in a small permanent collection prominently displayed in the building, and annually at the Council Rock School District Art Show held each spring.


    Over the course of six years at NES, with the main focus on studio production, NES students grow to become competent communicators and literate participants in the world of visual arts.




    Donna Farrell

    Art Educator

    Newtown Elementary School