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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



Our mission is to educate all students in a supportive, nurturing and challenging environment by providing them with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities for expression in art, music, drama and dance that enable them to participate actively as consumers and makers of the arts in a diverse global community.

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