Wandell Visual Arts




Visual Arts:

During the 2022-23 school year, students will review a variety of Art-making techniques, processes, materials and history related to the Elements and Principles of Art and Design. In addition, the Wandell Elementary School Visual Arts Department will successfully implement the newly revised curriculum focusing on the “workshop” model with periodic updates to support Saddle River District Goal #2.

Cross-curricular Learning with Art:

Cross-curricular learning involves establishing patterns of information between different academic subjects. It offers a creative way of developing knowledge, understanding and practical skills through a study of interconnected topics. In the 2022-23 school year, Wandell Visual Arts department will work with class room teachers for providing cross-curricular learning such as social studies topics including maps, seasons, landforms, Colonial America and Mesopotamia.

Topics students will be learning:

  • 3D Printing: 4th-5th Grade students will gain a greater knowledge of three dimensional printing by using TinkerCad, MakerBot or Doodler.

  • Elements of Art: Identification and demonstration of Line, Texture, Value, Space, Color, Form and Space

  • Principles of Art: Identification and demonstration of the principles of Unity, Variety, Rhythm, Repetition, Movement, Balance and Emphasis

  • Art History and Multicultural Art: Various art movements, artists and cultures, as applicable

  • Art & Literature: Providing compound lessons with appropriate books

  • Color Theory: Primary Colors, Secondary Colors, color temperature and tints

  • Painting: Demonstration of knowledge of watercolor (wet on wet and wet on dry) or acrylic or tempera (impasto) techniques

  • Drawing: Demonstration of contour lines or shading techniques

  • Crafting: Developing fine motor skills by using scissors and glue with various media (tissue paper, beans, buttons, etc.)


Students will be graded based on following rubric:

25% of Class participation/Cooperation

25% of Effort/Learning/Progress

25% of Creativity/Originality/Quality

25% of Design/Craftsmanship/Attention to Detail

Project rubrics which may include assessment in one or more of the following:

  • Originality of product

  • Student’s engagement in revision/improvement process

  • Student’s willingness to take risks / think outside the box

  • Student documentation of the artistic process

  • Degree to which student challenged oneself and considered design alternatives

  • Degree of individuality reflected in artwork

  • Degree to which student considered/generated multiple project ideas

Extra Help:

Extra Help is designed for students who missed art class for makeup, however students are also welcome to use this time for embellishing and enhancing their Wandell School art projects. It's offered after school on Wednesday.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at ckim@wandellschool.org or (201) 327-0727 ex. 226.

I am looking forward to having another wonderful year at the Wandell School.


Mrs. Kim