Kindergarten students begin the process of learning to express themselves through art. They are introduced to different mediums and how to use them, geometric shapes, basic color theory, and basic two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Students are introduced to art history and the importance of art in other cultures.
In first grade students build on the art basics they learned in kindergarten. In two-dimensional design they are introduced to still-life, portraiture, landscape drawings and paintings with emphasis on patterns, line, rhythm, and shape. They also experience three-dimensional design including paper and textile weaving and stitchery. Students are introduced to facts and techniques in art history and cultural studies.
Second grade art students expand their knowledge of the various mediums artists use. They study color theory with the introduction to watercolor. Students continue learning about three-dimensional art, creating more complex sculptures and realistic forms. Art vocabulary expands as they learn how to discuss and critique each others work. Their art history knowledge increases as they are introduced to new artists and art from different cultures.
In third grade the concepts that students begin to master become more complex. In color theory they begin to learn how to use color as a form of expression. Through their mastery of two-dimensional design they begin to master composition and mood. Their knowledge of three-dimensional design provides them with the tools to begin to comprehend architectural concepts and other real world application of art.
In fourth grade students learn the finer points in creating art. Art concepts are more refined while their mastery and use of various mediums becomes more controlled. They explore different art styles and movements and learn how artists through time have expressed their cultural identity through their art. Digital photography combined with computer and technical art skills begin an experimental stage. Interdisciplinary projects are ongoing.
Fifth graders utilize their mastery of various mediums, techniques and art concepts to more fully express themselves. They understand how each medium works and how one might be more preferable over another to obtain the effect for a particular assignment. Students use their knowledge of art history and the art of various cultures in their own art work. They are introduced to computer graphics and computer aided design.