• Art- Grade 1

    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.  Students will continue to learn about and create visual artworks by:

    • Exploring the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, value, space and form. They will specifically learn more deeply about line, shape, form, and color in first grade.
    • Making different types of artwork.
    • Using a variety of art materials and tools.
    • Learning about artists and how they create art.
    • Looking at a variety of artwork.
    • Discovering how different lines and shapes are used in order to create an artwork. 
    • Using the color wheel to experiment with color mixing and explore different color relationships: primary, secondary, warm and cool colors.
    • Determining the differences between shape (2-D) and form (3-D). 

    What families can do at home to help:  

    • Together, read children's books about artists and art.  Point out how the illustrations help tell the story, and can be used to decode words they are trying to read.
    • 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.
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    Grade 1 Art Units

    Unit 1 Line & Shape

    What families can do at home to help:

    • Go on a line hunt. Look for lines in the world around you: on streets, clothing, veins of leaves, etc.
    • Create your own wrapping paper by drawing or painting as many different lines and shapes as you can think of.
    • Provide space and materials for simple art projects. Markers, crayons, paper, old magazines, scissors and glue will give your child an opportunity to experiment in creating artwork.
    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.

    Unit 2 Form
    What families can do at home to help:

    • Help your child create 3-Dimensional forms using different materials.
    • Artists imagine and create. Talk about the things you have imagined or created.
    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.

    Unit 3 Color
    What families can do at home to help:
    • Ask your child to identify primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and secondary colors (orange, purple, and green) in the world around you.
    • Using food coloring, create individual primary colored (red, blue and yellow) ice cubes. Put two different colored ice cubes in each cap. Let them melt, mixing into the secondary colors (orange, green and violet).
    • Use food coloring with water, and experiment with eye-droppers.
    • Experiment with mixing colors using a variety of materials. Mix red and yellow to make orange, blue and yellow to make green, red and blue to make purple.
    • Create your own color wheel with unusual objects; clothing, shoes, beads, ripped paper, food, etc.

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