• The ART Program at Goodnoe Elementary
    The mission of the Visual Arts Education program in Council Rock is to provide our students with a comprehensive and  innovative art program which fosters creativity and challenges our students to utilize 21st century skills.
    Students in grades 1-6 have art once each week for forty five minutes.
    A Brief Overview of our District Visual Arts Curriculum

    An art education is an integral part of a child's core curriculum in our district. Our Council Rock Art Department strives to provide our students with an education and opportunities that are exemplary. We are driven by our mission and continue to develop ways to integrate technology into our art lessons. Students learning and exploration in Visual art begin when they enter first grade. Lessons are sequential and each year builds upon skills and knowledge gained the year prior.The ultimate goal is to give our students the skills needed to succeed in a global community. 

    We create our lessons revolving around four main disciplines. We are developing the child as Art Historian, Art Critic, Art Producer, and Aesthetician. 

     * As an Art Historian, students are interacting with an essential part of human history and being provided with a foundation for understanding the present as well as the future. Students are making important connections with culture, society, and themselves.
    * As an Art Critic, students are utilizing communication skills and critical thinking skills in both the written and verbal form. Students are developing a sense of possibility, transformation and change.
    * As an Art Producer, students are learning a variety of ways to express themselves. Students are gaining tools for making connections between intellect and emotion, tools for bringing meaning and beauty into our lives, and tools for solving problems and communicating ideas.  
    * As an Aesthetician, students identify beliefs that drive their personal artistic creations as well as the creations of others.
    Our Elementary Art Curriculum focuses on teaching the child using 21st century art skills.
     We are teaching children to be problem solvers, collaborators, strong communicators, and critical thinkers. 

    A Sampling of Our Elementary Art Curriculum

    This is just a small collection of what students are learning in our art rooms.


    Essential Questions

    Content Knowledge




     What was the artist trying to say?

     Physical Balance

     Motion and Movement


    Describe important features in one’s own work of art


    Engage in problem solving

     Make choices of subjects, variations and themes

     Produce visual images



    A form of art which “tells a story”


    A natural, free-flowing shape



     How can I get ideas for my art?

    Art may be about things that are real or fantastic

     Anticipate problems and evaluate solutions for creating art

    Make personal choices based on personal experience and knowledge.

     Develop and transfer ideas.

    Secondary Color

    Colors made by mixing 2 primary colors

     Self- Expression

    Art is how I express myself and my feelings.


     Should art work have a meaning or a purpose?


    Functions of Art: Art may be used to describe what an artist sees

     Subject Matter of Art: People: Ordinary and Special


    Employ a variety of basic visual arts materials, concepts and art forms to create developmentally appropriate works of art that express their artist’s self and artist’s reality.


    A quick line drawing used to gather essential information. Can be used to show movement.


    A work of art created to honor an important person or event


     What happens when an artist breaks traditions?

     Think and talk about one’s own art and the art of others

     Devices to create pictorial space:

    Size, Overlapping, Vertical Location

    Discuss, compare and contrast the exemplars

    Evaluate solutions using content knowledge

    Vertical Location

    The higher that a shape appears on the picture plane, the farther away it appears.


    Art that does not represent reality.


    How can we represent ourselves through art?


    Solitary vs Collaborative production

     Unity and Variety

     Compositional Forms:Portraits/Figures


      Select and apply a variety of more advanced visual art materials, concepts and artforms to produce developmentally appropriate works of art that express their artist’s self and artist’s reality. 

    Based on a subject which has been changed in some way


    An arrangement of elements to create pleasing visual effect.


     How does following artist rules affect what we make?


    Artists study the natural and human-made environment

     Sculpture can be in relief, both high and low

     Architectural forms can be borrowed and reapplied


    Recognize similarities and differences in visual imagery

    Describe, classify and differentiate the meanings in one’s own art and the art of others.

     Complimentary Color

    The two colors directly opposite one another on the color wheel.


    Carving away or adding to a smooth surface.