September 28, 2016
6th 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 and acrylics; drawing with ink, colored pencil, and oil pastels; slab building, modeling, and painting clay; mixed media projects combine ink, watercolor, colored pencil or oil pastels; and sculpting with wire.

Concepts include interactions of mixed materials, planning an illustration and page layout, balancing a 3D composition, building contrast using color, highlights and shading, mixing colors, and product development and design.

Projects build skills and confidence while making space for individual expression of ideas and fostering imagination. Sixth grade projects may include a mixed media painting of a tropical fish; making a wire fish and/or jellyfish sculpture; a mixed-media portrait; a clay turtle sculpture or a tic tac toe game design; and a “mash-up” illustration inspired by the work of contemporary artist Redmer Hoekstra, a still life drawing of a shoe featuring pattern and color design created by the artist, or a mixed media carousel animal.