Welcome to Art!
Our K-7 Art program is a blended model of Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) and Teacher-Directed curriculum. Our curriculum meets State and National Core Standards as well as the Studio Habits of Mind. We believe that a blended model of Choice-Based and Teacher-Directed artmaking encourages 21st century learning skills and creative thinking; perfect for our STEM students. STEAM lessons are incorporated into the curriculum often, tying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics into authentic Art learning.
For more information on TAB and Choice-Based Art Education, please check out the following resources:
Teaching for Artistic Behavior website
Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith
The Learner-Directed Classroom: Developing Creative Thinking Skills Through Art by Diane B. Jaquith and Nan E. Hathaway
Kindergarten and First Grade Paper Sculptures
This year, we kicked the year off with some 3D paper sculpting. Kindergarten and first graders created paper line sculptures. We learned about lines through singing, drawing, and identifying different kinds of lines: horizontal, diagonal, vertical, zig-zag, spiral, wavy, and organic. While creating their sculptures, artists learned how a sculpture takes up space and can be seen from all the way around. Artists learned how to make “feet” so their paper would stand up, how to use liquid glue, and how to create different kinds of lines out of paper. Artists also learned how to create shapes by “closing” their paper lines to create circles, tear drops, diamonds, and squares. Artists learned that they could place their lines around, beside, underneath, or on top of lines they have already attached to their sculpture base. Thank you, Cassie Stephens, an Art Educator in Tennessee, for the inspiration for this lesson.
Grades 2-7: 3D Paper Sculpture Center
Students in grades two through seven experimented with the third dimension through paper sculpture as well. These students created their sculptures by visiting the 3D Paper Sculpture Center in the Art Room, set up with all the materials needed to create. The Center featured various colors and weights of papers, paper cutters, patterned scissors, glue sticks, liquid glue, scrap bins, and visual resources to aid with sculpture techniques and clean up protocol. Before sculpting, artists practiced three differentiated paper sculpting techniques on a techniques practice hand out. Artists were assessed on technique. Then, artists sketched ideas for their sculptures after looking at several examples for inspiration. Artists identified sculpting techniques they would use to construct their sculptures by labeling them on their sketches. After artists were introduced to the Center and how to access and put away materials, artists were able to begin creating. After completing their sculptures, students presented and critiqued their artwork in various ways: oral presentations to the class, oral partner assessment & critique, and written self assessment and critique.