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Elementary Art (K-5)

2019-20 School Year Elementary Art Preview
Theme for the Year: FIND YOUR STYLE!
Every school year, Mr. See uses a different theme in order unite and inspire the different artworks and projects we engage with throughout.  This year's theme is "FIND YOUR STYLE."  Starting by showing students some of his own personal and professional artwork, Mr. See will take students on a journey from merely learning art skills to applying them in personally meaningful ways.  Students will see how Mr. See learned from different kinds of art making in order to find his own art style.  Similarly, students will make a year of art projects that successively build a variety of art skills.  Using these new skills, students finish the school year with a project called "D.Y.O.P" ("design your own project").  Each student will offer this artwork as a response to this idea: "I learn from every style in order to create my own."
A Mr. See original illustration of a bee and a butterfly perched on a baseball glove in the grass
Elements, Principles, and Beyond
Besides having lots of creative fun and making memories, our students' main takeaways from Mr. See's art class will be how to use the elements and principles of design, that is, a traditionally tested and accepted set of building blocks and sensibilities that visual artists have been using to make art throughout the ages.  Each grade engages and applies these building blocks of art in an age-appropriate fashion that builds upon learning from previous years in Mr. See's art class.  And once students advance to 4th and 5th grade, they start venturing beyond these basics by grappling with how the elements and principles are used differently and diverse historical, cultural contexts.  See the below table for more specific info on each grade level's learning this year.


The Power of Color and Line!

We will focus on two main art-making skills: how to make different kinds of (neat) lines and how to use warm & cool colors.


How to Build a Picture

We'll gradually use the main ingredients of ART more and more independently all year: warm & cool colors, complementary colors, color mixing, shapes, lines, and patterns.


From Realistic to Abstract

There's a diverse spectrum of art style -- each genre uses the elements of design very differently.  Each one has something to offer as we develop our own personal styles.


Visual Language: the Elements and Principles of Art

Art styles are languages, each using the elements and principles of design differently to communicate.  Let's practice the elements and principles so we can understand and create visual languages.



Culture and Worldview in Art

The world is FULL of different visual languages!  Let's explore various cultures of art in order to discover how different beliefs and values effect our style (that is, our usage of the elements and principles).



Renaissance, Technique, and Finding your Voice

The Renaissance is a dramatic example of everything we've already learned: worldview fuels art style and art skills.  As we explore this era, let's push our usage of art media to new depths.  This will give us new tools for maturing our own personal art styles.


The Elements and Principles

To varying degrees across all grade levels, Mr. See often refers back to this poster displayed in his classroom. It helps provide examples for how to use the basic building blocks and principles of art-making.
A poster displaying the elements and principles of design

Grading in Mr. See's Art Class

We always get two grades per week in Art: a participation grade and a project grade. The participation grade is based upon the student's adherence to AA Manners and Character as summarized by Mr. See's five main rules: Be Productive, Be Respectful, Be Positive, Be Gentle, and Be Responsible. The project grade is always comprised of 52 points for honest effort, plus 10 points per each of whatever four basic steps that week's project entailed.
For both participation and project grades, a 92/100 indicates a "perfect" score in that the student met all expectations. Scores lower than 92 reflect either a rule that was repeatedly broken or an incomplete step on a project. Scores exceeding 92 reflect extra helpful participation and extra skill and thorough work on projects. This info is all elaborated somewhat on Infinite Campus wherever you view your art genius' grade. If you have any questions or comments on this, please email Mr. See