What children will study this year:students drawing
    This course is taught by an Art Specialist. It is the goal of the elementary art program to develop an understanding of art that will lead to a lifetime of art appreciation. Students will continue to learn about and create visual artworks by:

    • Exploring the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, value, space and form.
    • Exploring the principles of art: pattern, balance, contrast, emphasis and repetition. They will specifically learn more deeply about contrast, emphasis and repetition in fourth grade.
    • Examining how art is a form of visual communication.
    • Communicating ideas through their artwork and determining meaning in the artwork of others.
    • Analyzing how artists use the principle of art, repetition in their work, while creating it in their own.
    • Experimenting with creating different types of contrast in artwork.

    What you can do at home to help:

    • Talk about special family times. Discuss how a family story might be shown in an artwork such as a story quilt.
    • If taking a family outing, consider visiting a museum or cultural event in another community, state, or country.
    • Take notice of where you encounter repetition in your every day life. The schedule of your day, a hobby, such as knitting, practicing sports or a musical instrument. Talk about how repetition looks, or how it affects you.
    • Look at different works of art. Ask the questions: What is the focal point in the artwork? What do you notice first? Do this when reading a story. What is the main idea in the story?
    • Garden, choosing flowers with contrasting colors, sizes, or textures.
    • Look at book illustrations, posters, CD covers, and sports logos. What do you think the artwork communicates?
    • Take your child to a local art museum. The Twin Cities and surrounding area has a wide variety of art to view in person. Visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Museum of Russian Art.
    • Attend special art events at the Banfille Locke Center for the Arts, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Caponi Art Park, Franconia Sculpture Park, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Silverwood Park.

    Program and Grade Level Understandings

    Anoka-Hennepin Program Understandings articulate what students should understand and be able to do when they leave the K-12 program in Anoka-Hennepin. The grade level understandings demonstrate what students should understand and be able to do when they leave each grade level. The grade level understandings increase in complexity as students progress through the K-12 program.

    Curriculinks- Online activities


    Unit 1 Communication
    What families can do at home to help:

    • Look at picture-only books together. Create words for the story to follow it.
    • Take a favorite short story or poem, and create an illustration for it.
    • Create an art journal and draw something every day that relates to that day. This could be something small, such as a doodle, or more finished and detailed work of art.
    • Play the game, Pictionary. How can you best communicate a word in a drawing?

    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.

    Unit 2 Contrast & Emphasis
    What families can do at home to help:

    • Visit a garden, perhaps the Como Zoo Conservatory or Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. What different kinds of flowers are planted together? Are they similar, or do they contrast with each other? What looks interesting?
    • Create a mosaic, using torn paper scraps, or small tiles. Create one main focal point of interest, in order to create emphasis in your work.
    • Create an illustration for a story that you have read. Think of the main idea of the story. Use that as your main focal point in your illustration. Then, create as many other details as you can, making your illustration more interesting.
    • If going on a special trip, create one sketch a day. Draw a picture of the most interesting thing you did each day. Create a title for each picture.

    Unit Information for Families Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.

    Unit 3 Repetition
    What families can do at home to help:

    • Be a print maker! Find interesting objects to press into paint or ink, and print onto a sheet of paper. How does repeating the object create interest in your art?
    • Look at different works of art. What kinds of things can you find in the artwork that are repeated? Shapes, colors, textures, lines, etc. How does the artwork look when things are repeated?
    • Attempt knitting, crochet, knot tying, or bracelet making, creating something with thread, yarn, or string. How does the repetition of the way these materials are manipulated help to create a finished object?

    Unit Information for Families Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.