• Art- Kindergarten

    What children will study this year:

    In Kindergarten, art it 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 be introduced to learning about and creating visual art by:

    • Encountering the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, value, space and form. They will specifically learn more deeply about line, shape, and color in kindergarten.
    • Experimenting with creating different types of lines.
    • Learning about the warm and cool colors.
    • Making different types of artwork.
    • Using a variety of art materials and tools.
    • Learning about artists and how they create artwork.

    What you can do at home to help:

    • Artists see lines all around them. Together with your child, find straight lines, curved lines, and zigzag lines. How many bumpy lines can you find in your home? How many wavy lines can you find on a nature walk?
    • Notice different textures by collecting objects in nature such as stones, twigs, pine cones and leaves. Ask your child to describe how each object feels.
    • Help your child find and name a variety of shapes such as circles, rectangles, triangles and squares.
    • Talk about the colors of your clothes. How would you dress in warm colors (red, orange, yellow) one day, and cool colors (blue, green, purple) the next?
    • 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

     Art Units
    This unit will span all 3 trimesters, students will explore the use of line, shape and color in art doing various activities. As this is an introductory year to art for K students, there will be a lot of exploring of art concepts, materials, tools, techniques, artists and artworks. Not all learning activities will be finished art projects. The following timeframe may be flexible, to be determined by the teacher based on student understanding. During trimester 1, students will be exploring and creating projects that center on line. During trimester 2, students will be exploring and creating projects that center around shape—specifically geometric shapes. During trimester 3, students will be continuing to explore and create projects using line and shape while also adding the concept of warm and cool colors. The unit will culminate with a summative assessment in which students will create a playground that will assess student understanding of line, geometric shapes and warm/cool colors. Free form shapes and primary/secondary colors may be introduced during the year, but will not be assessed at this time. 
    What families can do to help:
    • Do leaf or other texture rubbings. Notice the shapes that you see. Talk about what they look like.
    • Create different lines on the ground with chalk or tape: bumpy line, zig-zag line, a straight line, a curvy line, ect. Walk on the lines. Then, extend this, and place a small cotton ball or marshmallow on the line. Take a straw and blow the cotton ball or marshmallow on the line.
    • Paint with water on the driveway. How many different lines can you create before the lines dry up and disappear.
    What families can do to help:
    • Experiment with play dough or clay.
    • Play with scissors, glue and paper. Practice cutting out different shapes with your paper.What kinds of things can you create with the different shapes.
    • Look at different illustrations in children’s books. What shapes do you see in the images?
    What families can do to help:
    • Experiment with color using different art materials: crayon, marker, watercolor paints, craft paints. 
    • Identify different things in your home that are the warm colors (red, orange, yellow), and the cool colors (green, blue, purple). 
    • Find different children’s books about color, and read together

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