Welcome to Art!

Visual Arts

Welcome to Art! Throughout the year scholars will be challenged to explore their changing creative voices and visions. LJA scholars will develop their artistic work ethic, confidence, and experimentation by seeing global, historical art perspectives and using their own personal artistic voices in response. After an introduction to foundational visual arts concepts and vocabulary, scholars will explore using those visual arts foundations in their work to develop their artistic understandings, skills, and techniques. Collaboration and communication will be an important part of their artistic journey as they engage with peers in positive, growth focused artist talks for each project they create.


(Navigation to other art class pages like sketchbook and wishlist is in the top right corner of this page)

Learning Targets:

I can participate by using my artistic voice to provide constructive feedback for my peers and by reflecting on my own work.

I can identify and speak about the Elements of Art in a piece of artwork, including my own work.

I can create and execute plans for 2-D artwork that uses at least one Element of Art.

I can express artistic thought through a written artist statement.

I can respect our class studio spaces by taking responsibility for my work and using all materials and tools safely for their intended purposes.


Enduring Understandings:

All visual art is made up of different elements and principles--like color, line, balance, emphasis--that artists intentionally use to achieve their unique artistic goal.

Personal reflection and revision is an important and necessary part of the artistic process.

“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize...there is never a single story about any place.” --Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “The Danger of a Single Story”


Key Skills:

  • Understanding of the Elements of Art - line, shape, form, value, color and texture
  • Use drawing, 2-D and 3-D projects to explore and emphasize different Elements of Art
  • Caring for classroom studio space, tools, and materials

Summative Assessment(s):

  • Sketchbook
  • Elements of Art Writing Prompts
  • 2-D Art Mini-Projects
  • Final 2-D Elements of Art Artwork and Artist Statement


2017 - 2018 Art Year Long Learning Plan*

Quarter One - 5/6

Elements of Art

(i.e.line, shape, color, form)

Principles of Design

(i.e. repetition, pattern, emphasis, contrast)

Introduction to 3-D Art

Fashion as 3-D Art

Artist Spotlights

(Looking at work by historical and contemporary artists that relate to class topics)


Quarter Two - 5/6

Introduction to 3-D Art

(Continued from Q1)

Relief Sculpture

Organic Sculpture

Ceramics and Sculpture

Artist Spotlights

(Looking at work by historical and contemporary Minnesota artists)


Quarter Three - 7/8

Elements of Art

(i.e.line, shape, color, form)

Introductions to 2-D and 2-D Art

Artist Spotlights

(Looking at work by historical and contemporary artists from across the glob)


Quarter Four - 7/8

Global Perspectives on Public Art

D.I.Y. Art Movement: Zines

Performance Art

Artist Spotlights

(Looking at work by historical and contemporary artists in response to different historical moments and movements)


* Learning Plan is subject to change during the year in response to student’s learning needs