Normally my elementary art room is a busy place with a constant buzz of young artists, but on Thursday morning I had a prep hour to get ready for the onslaught of creativity. Suddenly the silence was broken by oohs and ahhs coming through the open door from the Octagon. Science in the Octagon was going full swing and the students were amazed. The chemical reaction of baking soda and mustard was a big hit. Then I heard the sweet notes of kindergarten voices singing and a burst of applause. Donuts for Dad was the big event happening across the hall. In the room that connects to mine I could hear High School students creating sets for our all school video book, a continuing story that each class Kindergarten through high school wrote and were in the process of illustrating. They were brainstorming ideas for the Land of Adorable Kittens. The first and second graders had already contributed the kittens and they were ADORABLE! To think all this was happening at the same time within hearing distance of my desk!
Elementary Art Syllabus Teacher- Julie Stoppel
Elementary art consists of four intertwining elements; art production, art analysis, art history and arts integration. Art production includes the application of the organizational principles of art, the use of the various media, tools and processes of art including 2-dimensional and 3 dimensional works and the presentation of the final product. Our students will experience a wide variety of media including but not limited to tempera paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, modeling media, oil pastel, chalk pastel, drawing media, charcoal and ceramic glazes. They will learn the processes of printmaking, modeling and collage. Art criticism includes the analysis, description and evaluation of works of art. The students will learn to speak about both their own art and other’s work using the vocabulary of the elements and principles of art. Art history includes the exploration of “Great Works” and artists, contemporary works and artists and art produced by a specific culture. From time to time I will impersonate a famous artist for the day. Art integration deals with how art connects to our lives and experiences and how it relates to other disciplines. Students will participate in projects that incorporate social studies, literature, math, science as well as the other arts. They will learn about careers that rely on an artistic background. Projects will be included that have a social responsibility aspect.
This year elementary students will be immersed in the study of art forms based on artwork of American Artists. This will begin with a look at Native American art forms in September and October. In November and December we look at early American art. While we proceed through the year we will loosely follow a timeline that takes us along our country’s artistic roots.
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