Elementary Art Grade 5

Pre-Requisites: n/a
Credits: 1.0
Estimated Completion Time: 36 Weeks


The visual art suite will provide students the foundational skills to be successful in a studio environment. Using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as the framework, students will feel confident in creating their own style of art. Students will explore and safely use a variety of materials during the creative process. The courses explicitly teach art techniques through modeling and connecting them to master artists. During the creative process, students will apply art vocabulary and procedures, as well as time-management and collaborative skills. They will develop their observational skills, prior knowledge, and art critique skills to reflect on and interpret works of art. Throughout each multifaceted lesson, the students will make connections to art and various cultures around the world. These courses offer rich text to support art history instruction, including information on artists and art movements over time. The visual art suite integrates standards from all of the core subject areas including math, social studies, science, health, and language arts. Connections are also made to music, dance, and physical education. This suite will develop students’ fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, creativity, and their appreciation for global communities.

Major Topics and Concepts

  • Art safety, rules, and routines
  • Museum and Gallery behaviors
  • Art Movements and styles
  • Portraits and Self-Portraits
  • Landscapes 
  • The Elements of Art: line, shape, color/value, space, texture, form
  • Use the elements of art in personal studio projects
  • Recognizing the elements of art in professional artworks
  • Apply meaning, feelings, and emotions to artworks 
  • Recognize messages in artworks
  • Critiquing skills
  • Techniques to achieve the elements of art
  • Mixing colors with a variety of materials
  • Color theory
  • Tertiary Colors
  • Drawing techniques to create space in personal artworks
  • Identifying the stories told with textures 
  • Three-dimensional shapes
  • Creating form with a variety of materials
  • Use different processes to create artworks 
  • Finding artwork in local communities
  • Professional Art Careers
  • Utilitarian art  
  • Connecting texture to community issues
  • Identifying the stories told with texture
  • Copyright Laws and Art
  • Principles of Design applying them to personal artworks, recognizing the use of them in others artworks
  • Art Around the World: identifying the elements of art in artworks from cultures around the world, using the elements of art to create artwork inspired by world cultures.
  • Tasmania – Rock art and symbols
  • Israel, Reuven Rubin, emotions in artwork
  • Norway- Art forms from the Viking time period  
  • Ghana and Nigeria- Kente Cloth, environmental artworks recycled art
  • Colombia- Fernando Botero
  • United States- Jasper Johns, mixed media with untraditional materials 

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