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Ms. Adams

Welcome to ASA's Elementary Art webpage!  My name is Emily Adams and I am the Elementary Art Specialist.  ASA’s Elementary Art Program serves students from preschool through 5th grade. 

ASA’s art curriculum is built around the National Standards for Art Education, which provides a framework for helping students learn the characteristics of the visual arts by using a wide range of subject matter, symbols, meaningful images, and visual expressions, to reflect their ideas, feelings, and emotions; and to evaluate the merits of their efforts. The standards address these objectives in ways that promote acquisition of and fluency in new ways of thinking, working, communicating, reasoning, and investigating. They emphasize student acquisition of the most important and enduring ideas, concepts, issues, dilemmas, and knowledge offered by the visual arts. They develop new techniques, approaches, and habits for applying knowledge and skills in the visual arts to the world beyond school.

As they move from kindergarten through the early grades, students develop skills of observation, and they learn to examine the objects and events of their lives. At the same time, they grow in their ability to describe, interpret, evaluate, and respond to work in the visual arts. Through examination of their own work and that of other people, times, and places, students learn to unravel the essence of artwork and to appraise its purpose and value. Through these efforts, students begin to understand the meaning and impact of the visual world in which they live.

Each grade level will be focusing on different themes in art:

Preschool Art is all about discovery!  Students spend the year delving into the theme "Discover… Art Is All Around Us."  During this year, connections are made between Art and Science.  Students will discover how art is part of their everyday world.

Kindergarten Art is all about exploration!  Students spend the year delving into the theme "Explore...Art Is All Around Us."  During this year, connections are made between Art, Science, and Math.  Students will explore how art is part of their everyday world.

First Grade Art is all about the story!  Students spend the year delving into the theme "Imagine…Art Can Tell Us About Our Lives."  During this year, connections are made between Art and Language Arts/Library Media.  Students explore how art records ideas, create art that uses personal experiences and imagination to tell a story and examining ways that art is connected to other things about which they learn.  

Second Grade Art is the trip of a lifetime!  Students spend the year delving into the theme "Explore…Art Forms From All Around The World."  During this year, connections are made between Art and Mathematics.  Students compare and contrast visual art forms according to function and decoration, create functional and decorative art forms using a variety of media, techniques and processes, and examine ways that art is connected to other things about which they learn.  

Third Grade Art is about art that unites us! Students spend the year delving into the theme "Investigate...Art That Brings Communities Together." During this year, connections are made between Art, Language Arts and Social Studies.  Students create artworks that reflect the subjects of art and community themes, and examine ways that art is connected to other things about which they learn.  

Fourth Grade Art is all about learning to read the image!  Students spend the year delving into the theme "Understand...Art Is A Visual Language."  During this year, connections are made between Art, Social Studies and Language Arts.  Students describe and analyze how artwork communicates meaning, investigate ideas and feelings through symbolic and realistic representations, and examine ways that art is connected to other things about which they learn.  

Fifth Grade Art is all about experiential impressions!  Students spend the year delving into the theme "Analyze...Art That Reflects Influence."  During this year, connections are made between Art, Social Studies and Science.  Students analzye cultural conflicts, use the critical process to determine influences on American art, and examining ways that art is connected to other things about which they learn.  


                                                                                                                                                                                                                               -Emily Adams, Art Specialist