ART with Ms. D!

Welcome to ART at PS 170!
During the school day, students at PS 170 have art 1-3 times a week for 45 minutes.  In art class, students will learn to express themselves creatively while learning art skills and history.  They will explore various materials and techniques such as drawing, painting, cutting, gluing, collaging, and printmaking.  Students will get messy during art.  Please feel free to send a smock or old shirt for your child to keep at school and use during art.  

Students will learn a variety of art terms and vocabulary.  They will learn to use these terms in everyday life and apply them to their content curriculum.  Art projects will be built upon the basic elements of art and design where students will be able to create and recognize:

Line - Shape - Form - Color - Space - Texture - Value

During art class, students will analyze famous artists and their work and learn to talk about what they think and see about works of art.  Art projects will be kept in the classroom or be displayed throughout the school year in the hallways.  

Every year, PS 170 will present an art show to showcase the talent and hard work of our students.  This year, the gallery show will be held in the dance room in June.  

P.S. 170 students are so engaged and enthusiastic in art class!  It is a privilege to work with them this school year!

Ms. DiGiovanna

New York State Standards for the Visual Arts

Standard 1 – Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts

Students will make works of art that explore different kinds of subject matter,
topics, themes, and metaphors. Students will understand and use sensory elements,
organizational principles, and expressive images to communicate their own ideas in
works of art. Students will use a variety of art materials, processes, mediums, and techniques,
and use appropriate technologies for creating and exhibiting visual art works.

Standard 2 – Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources

Students will know and use a variety of visual arts materials, techniques, and
processes. Students will know about resources and opportunities for participation in
visual arts in the community (exhibitions, libraries, museums, galleries) and use appropriate
materials (art reproductions, slides, print materials, electronic media). Students
will be aware of vocational options available in the visual arts.

Standard 3 – Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art

Students will reflect on, interpret, and evaluate works of art, using the language
of art criticism. Students will analyze the visual characteristics of the natural and
built environment and explain the social, cultural, psychological, and environmental
dimensions of the visual arts. Students will compare the ways in which a variety of ideas,
themes, and concepts are expressed through the visual arts with the ways they are
expressed in other disciplines.

Standard 4 – Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts

Students will explore art and artifacts from various historical periods and
world cultures to discover the roles that art plays in the lives of people of a given time
and place and to understand how the time and place influence the visual characteristics
of the art work. Students will explore art to understand the social, cultural, and
environmental dimensions of human society

Why Art is Important:

Art helps to develop fine motor skills, builds self-confidence, and serves a a wonderful medium for self-expression.  It allows students to see the infinite possibilities in the world around them.  Students learn to work collaboratively by sharing or working together to solve a problem.  I believe every child has the ability to create something!