What children will study this year:
    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. This year, students will learn that art is continuously changing. 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, repetition, contrast, unity, balance, emphasis movement and rhythm.
    • Examining how art is a form of visual communication.
    • Creating different types of artwork.
    • Using a variety of art materials, tools, and techniques.
    • Learning about artists and how they create art
    • Exploring traditional and contemporary Ojibwe and Dakota art.

    What you can do at home to help:

    • Look through books and magazines to find pictures that interest you. Why do you like each piece? Challenge yourself to use the elements and principles of art in your answer.
    • Visual artists use a variety of materials to express their ideas and feelings. Talk about different ways you can use materials such as paint, glue, pencils, clay, markers, crayons, and colored pencils, to express your ideas and feelings. Discuss how a viewer would know what you are expressing in your artwork.
    • Talk about travel: What places would you like to see? Do you know someone who has been to another region of the world? Find out about the art from that area. Discuss how culture impacts art.
    • Look at art from different time periods. Discuss how people lived and what was happening during the time when those artworks were created.
    • A great way to learn about art styles is to take a walk through your neighborhood and discuss the architecture. Discuss placement of doors, windows, types of roofs and use of color. What are some of the forms such as cones, spheres, cubes and cylinders that are used in the design of buildings?
    • Look at books and art created by Native Americans: Dakota and Ojibwe tribes.
    • 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 Art Changes
    What families can do at home to help:

    • Visit an art Museum, such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center or Sculpture Garden. Talk about the different styles and works of art that you see. Why do different artists create art in certain ways? How is the artwork similar to or different from other artwork that you see? Why do you think that is?
    • Go on an Elements (line, shape, color, texture, value, space and form) and Principles (pattern, balance, contrast, emphasis and repetition) of Art scavenger hunt. Make a checklist, or art bingo card. See who finds the most first.
    • Take camera along on a walk and take photos of the Elements and Principles of Art. Extend this activity and create a scrapbook of your findings.

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

    Unit 2 Traditional and Contemporary Ojibwe and Dakota Art (Art Trunk)
    What families can do at home to help:

    • Visit a traditional pow-wow at the shores of Mille Lacs, the upper Sioux community, or other locations.
    • Visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. There is a great variety of Native American works in their permanent collection.
    • Extend your learning by searching on the Minneapolis Institute of Arts website, specifically for Native American information: http://www.artsmia.org/surrounded-by-beauty/
    • Create Native American Beadwork with a Bead loom and seed beads.

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