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Fine Arts - Visual Art Curriculum
Visual Arts - 5th Grade
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Core Standards of the Course

Standard 1
(Making): The student will explore and refine the application of media, techniques, and artistic processes.

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Objective 1
Explore a variety of art materials while learning new techniques and processes.

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  1. Differentiate between foreground, middle ground, and background in the production of artwork.
  2. Observe objects in detail and portray them with greater accuracy in works of art.
  3. Simplify the beginning of a work of art, using start-up skills; e.g., blocking-in, gesture drawing, stick figures.

Objective 2
Predict the processes and techniques needed to make a work of art.

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  1. Preplan the steps or tasks to achieve a desired image.
  2. Select appropriate media in which to portray a variety of subjects for works of art.
  3. Use preparatory sketches to solve visual problems before beginning an actual work of art.

Objective 3
Handle art materials in a safe and responsible manner.

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  1. Practice appropriate behavior with sharp or dangerous tools at all times.
  2. Dispose of waste materials in keeping with EPA standards and appropriate recycling methods.
  3. Clean and put back to order art making areas after projects.
  4. Respect other students' artworks as well as one's own.

Standard 2
(Perceiving): The student will analyze, reflect on, and apply the structures of art.

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Objective 1
Analyze and reflect on works of art by their elements and principles.

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  1. Explain why triangular shapes tend to strengthen compositions.
  2. Explain how the elements of color, line, and space are used to communicate ideas in art.
  3. Identify the use of distortion of objects in significant works of art; e.g., portraying reflections, rubbery forms, melting objects, deflated objects.
  4. Classify works of art as realistic, abstract, geometric, or organic.
  5. Identify the natural aspects of distorted forms in art; e.g., a deflated tire still has the texture and color of a tire, a reflection of a tree in water still has the color and general shape of a tree.

Objective 2
Create works of art using the elements and principles.

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  1. Use contour lines to indicate the form of objects.
  2. Create a work of art with symmetry.
  3. Create the illusion of common patterns and textures by the repetition of dots, lines, shapes, tones, colors, and value contrasts.
  4. Improve accuracy in proportion in works of art.
    Strategy Example:
    Measure and use a ratio between two objects or between a part to its whole.

Standard 3
(Expressing): The student will choose and evaluate artistic subject matter, themes, symbols, ideas, meanings, and purposes.

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Objective 1
Explore possible content in art prints or works of art.

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  1. Determine the context by examining the subject matter, themes, symbols, ideas, and meanings in significant works of art.
  2. Explore the meanings of nonrepresentational significant works of art.

Objective 2
Discuss, evaluate, and choose symbols, ideas, subject matter, meanings, and purposes for students ' own artworks.

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  1. Predict aesthetic value in significant works of art; e.g., historical importance, communication of ideas or feelings, use of realism, monetary value.
  2. Use a personal experience as inspiration to create a work of art.
  3. Create a symbol to represent the student's interests or family heritage.
  4. Convey an idea, such as pride or love of one's family, through a work of art.

Objective 3
Explore video, film, CD-ROM, and computers as art tools and artworks.

  1. Describe and explore available technologies.
  2. Generate artworks and ways of learning about art or artists through these technologies.

Standard 4
(Contextualizing): The student will interpret and apply visual arts in relation to cultures, history, and all learning.

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Objective 1
Compare the arts of different cultures to explore their similarities and diversities.

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  1. Express thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the suggested works of art for this grade.
  2. Describe what the artist's intentions may have been at the time the art was created.

Objective 2
Connect various kinds of art with particular cultures, times, or places.

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  1. Collaborate in small groups to describe and list examples of major uses or functions of significant works of art over various periods during our nation's history; e.g., philosophy or religion, utility and use, documentation or history, ornamentation or decoration, self- expression.
  2. Create a work of art that reflects a positive part of past or present American culture.

Objective 3
Recognize the connection of visual arts to all learning.

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  1. Collaborate in small groups to discover how works of art reveal the history and social conditions of our nation.
  2. Describe how science has employed and benefited from the use of artists; e.g., the artists as explorers of the westward expansion, the use of visual displays in computers, observing and recording anatomy in the Renaissance.
  3. Suggested list of masterworks and artists for fifth grade:
    • "Paul Revere, John Hancock, Massasoit, and Sacajawea" by Cyrus E. Dallin
    • "Sunrise North Rim" by Mabel Frazer
    • "Cockscomb, near Teasdel" by V. Douglas Snow
    • "Fur Traders Descending the Missouri" by George Caleb Bingham
    • "The Sacrament of the Last Supper" by Salvador Dali
    • "Dancing Class" and other works by Edgar Degas
    • "Young Hare, " "Self Portrait, " and other works by Albrecht Dürer
    • "Harvest Scene" by Paul Gauguin
    • "The Great Wave" by Katsushika Hokusai

  4. Any works of art with which the teacher is familiar and appropriately teaches the standards and objectives of this grade level can be used. This could include works suggested for other grade levels as well as other works by the artists suggested above.

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