• Course Description

    Artists in the sixth grade art program will explore the art elements in relationship to art history and studio activities. Studio activities will include a variety of media in both two and three-dimensional formats. Students will begin to establish artistic practices aligned with the Eight Studio Habits, such as keeping a sketchbook and/or building a digital portfolio of their artwork.

    Grade Level(s): Sixth Grade

    Related Priority Standards (State &/or National):  Missouri Fine Arts Standards

    Essential Questions

    • How can art be used to solve problems?
    • Can you be creative without experiencing failure?
    • How can art be used to communicate?
    • What is beautiful? Interesting? Provocative?
    • How does art help us learn about people, culture, and time?

    Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas

    Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work

    • Creating art is a learning process from beginning to end.
    • Art is problem solving.
    • Failure is instructional.
    • Art is open-ended with multiple solutions.

    Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work.

    • Students consider a variety of criteria when analyzing and selecting art works for presentation.
    • Students select the means by which their art is displayed to their community.
    • Art is communication.

    Responding: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.

    • Various criteria-emotional,cultural, intellectual, etc.-come into play when evaluating artwork.
    • Art is communication.

    Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.

    • Art can enrich our daily lives.
    • Art has many interdisciplinary connections.
    • Art is in the world.
    • Visual literacy is necessary to decipher today's world.
    • Historical and cultural art can help us understand the people of different places and times.

    Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

    Unit 1: Drawing

    • Contour Line & Cross Contour
      • Students can use contour lines to observe and record forms and edges.
    • Drawing Tools & Materials
      • Students can select and use drawing materials for two-dimensional artwork.

    Unit 2: Painting

    • Color Theory
      • Students can identify and use primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.
      • Students can create tints, shades, and change color saturation.

    Unit 3: Printmaking

    • Printmaking Techniques
      • Students can experiment with printmaking processes: monoprint and relief.

    Unit 4: Ceramics

    • Clay Construction
      • Students can properly attach pieces of clay together.
      • Students can wedge, score, and slip effectively.
      • Students can experiment with the use of tools to build with and decorate clay.

    Unit 5: Understanding Art Worlds

    • Connecting Artistic Ideas and Work With Personal Meaning
      • Students can observe and infer information about the time, place, and culture in which a work of art was created.

    Date Last Revised/Approved: 2016