The ART Program at Goodnoe ElementaryThe 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 CurriculumThis is just a small collection of what students are learning in our art rooms.
What was the artist trying to say?
Motion and MovementDescribe important features in one’s own work of artEngage in problem solving
Make choices of subjects, variations and themes
Produce visual images
NarrativeA form of art which “tells a story”
OrganicA 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 ColorColors made by mixing 2 primary colors
Self- ExpressionArt 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.
GestureA quick line drawing used to gather essential information. Can be used to show movement.
MonumentA 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 LocationThe higher that a shape appears on the picture plane, the farther away it appears.
Non-RepresentationalArt that does not represent reality.
How can we represent ourselves through art?Solitary vs Collaborative production
Unity and Variety
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.AbstractBased on a subject which has been changed in some way
CompositionAn 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 ColorThe two colors directly opposite one another on the color wheel.
ReliefCarving away or adding to a smooth surface.