Maple Grove Elementary

Kindergarten to Sixth Grade

Your Student Artist Can:


This year, your kindergartner will begin to learn about line and color by drawing and painting; about shape by cutting or folding paper; about texture by making collages with fabric and yarn; about form by molding clay.

When looking at a work of art, students can:

· pick out an object that is different from the rest.

· distinguish between bright and light, as well as dull and dark, colors.

· recognize basic shapes such as squares, triangles, and circles.

· identify types of lines, such as long and short, thick and thin, and straight and curved.

First and Second

First and second graders enjoy fantasy and make-believe. They are interested in artworks depicting subjects that are familiar to them, such as animals, family, and people engaged in everyday activities.

When looking at a work of art, students can:

· analyze similarities and differences.

· learn and use new vocabulary.

· identify primary and secondary colors and discuss how color relates to feelings and moods.

· describe various types of lines.

· find basic geometric shapes and forms in their world—plants, animals, figures, etc.

Third and Fourth

These students find realistic works of art easier to understand than abstract ones. They understand and experiment with composition, and recognize symmetry and asymmetry. They can also distinguish between genres of art such as portrait, landscape, and still life.

When looking at works of art, these students want to know why and how things were made, how long it took to make them, and, if functional, how they work.

When looking at a work of art, students can:

· discuss differences and similarities in form and shape and architectural elements.

· identify three-dimensional forms such as cubes, spheres, and cones.

· find examples of line repetition and pattern.

· explain basic perspective using foreground, middle ground, and background.

· identify genres such as portrait, still life, and landscape; and media such as paint, clay, etc.

Fifth and Sixth

Students at this age might be both analytical and emotional in their approach to making art. Their motor skills and ability to represent the world will be advanced enough that they will begin to develop their own individual styles. They can tackle long-term, multi-step projects, and if given encouragement will expand their artistic horizons with new tools and techniques.

When looking at a work of art, students can:

· identify light sources and discuss depiction of light and shadow.

· identify positive and negative space.

· discuss concepts of hue, value, and intensity in color.

· analyze how an artist achieved a textural effect.