September 28, 2016
5th Grade — Visual Arts

Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of visual arts media to 
convey emotions and ideas. Weekly visits to the art classroom encourage creative expression and problem solving, and reinforce the importance of community. Lessons encourage students to think like an artist and apply methods and techniques which build skills and allow young artists to create with confidence.

Techniques and media include painting, drawing, illustration, sculpting with clay, and mixed media. Specific media may include painting with watercolors, tempera, or acrylics; drawing with ink, colored pencil, and oil pastels; slab building, modeling, and glazing clay; mixed media using ink, watercolor, and colored pencil.

Concepts include interactions of mixed materials, planning an illustration, telling a visual story, building contrast, using color to balance a composition, highlights and shading, using color to create balance, depicting texture, and page layout.

Projects are designed to build skills and confidence while making space for individual expression and fostering imagination. Projects can vary from year to year and may include fall leaves in watercolor with wax resist, Days of the Dead clay skulls, word illustrations, mixed media dragons, chimera drawings in ink and colored pencil, oil pastel or acrylic paintings on canvas of local wildlife, or clay lizard sculptures.