Grades 5-6 Visual Art: Curriculum Overview

Grade 5 Art Curriculum: Key Concepts

  • Clay: Pinch, review techniques for joining (Score, Slip, Smoosh, Smooth)
  • Depth: Foreground/middle ground/background, Literal and figurative landscape
  • Portraiture: Review of realistic human proportions
  • Color Theory: Color wheel review (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Complement, Neutrals, Tints and shades)
  • Printmaking: Collograph
  • Sculpture: Plaster
  • Art as Communication: Visual narratives
  • Art History, Curricular Connections: Poetry, Tessellations, Literature (Roald Dahl, Holes, etc.)
  • Other Art Skills: Drawing animals, Sequential art
  • Other Concepts: Abstraction, Global environmental awareness

Grade 6 Art Curriculum: Key Concepts

  • Clay: Coil construction, Additive and subtractive techniques
  • Depth: One point perspective (at ground level)
  • Portraiture: Family/group portraits
  • Color Theory: Warm and cool colors, Review of tints and shades
  • Printmaking: Styrofoam printing
  • Sculpture: Papier mâché, Recyclable materials, Mask-making, Weaving
  • Art as Communication: Creating visual culture, Community
  • Art History & Curricular Connections: Architectural plans, Myths and legends, Heroes, Ancient civilizations, Scientific drawing and observations.
  • Other Art Skills: Observational drawing, Composition (crop and zoom)
  • Other Concepts: Nonobjective art vs. abstract art

For detailed curriculum, information see Learning Benchmarks