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Estimated Completion Time

18 weeks


The Art program provides an opportunity for children to develop the use of their senses directly and encourages the student to
further develop their personal source of knowledge and creativity. Art offers the student the opportunity to experience a connection
between the verbal and visual; logic and emotions; imagination and reality. The student is guided and encouraged to express
feelings and emotions in their drawings and with color while promoting self-esteem and self-awareness in personal fulfillment. The
imagination in children is encouraged in art. However, it will assist them in their other studies as well. This program provides an
opportunity for self-discipline through instruction and cooperation while providing the student with an opportunity for self-
expression by using imaginative thinking for creative solutions. The student is introduced to some of the artistic expressions and
techniques from cultures around the world. Modern technology provides opportunities for the student to observe this history. The
art student will use some of these elements themselves in their own artwork. Repetition, important for children, is provided at
different age levels while using various tools and mediums. Home, family, traditions, friends, pets, and toys are the young student’s
world. The student will explore what they know of their world. These lessons provide a deeper awareness of the world immediately
around them where their journey is just beginning. As an individual each student is gifted with unique talents and ideas. Our goal is
to provide each student an opportunity for personal growth for themselves and the world in which they live.

Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

  • Primary colors- cannot be made by mixing other colors together
    • Red
    • Yellow
    • Blue
  • Secondary colors- made by mixing two primary colors together
    • Orange
    • Green
    • Violet/ Purple
  • Color wheel- organized arrangement of colors
  • Complementary colors- colors that are opposite of one another on the color wheel; create high contrast and interest in artwork
  • Hue- color
  • Value- lightness or darkness of a color
  • Intensity- dullness or brightness of a color
  • Symmetry- when one side of an artwork matches the other
  • Symmetrical butterfly steps
    • Draw a middle line
    • Draw one half of the butterfly
  • Draw the other half by matching the lines and shapes of the other side
  • Prints- paint the stamp, leaf, or other objects, then press it on the paper and lift it off
  • Stencil- trace around the object with a drawing utensil or paint
  • 2D Art: Define properties of 2D art and create a piece of 2D art
  • 3D Art: Define the properties of 3D art and create a piece of 3D art
  • Statue- recreate a famous statue by looking at it or a picture of it- connect the original statue to art
  • Still life- Setting up items to draw- appreciate the beauty of everyday items through art
  • Memorial- decorative piece of art used in people’s gardens

Credits .5


  • Color Wheel
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the color wheel by describing the primary and secondary colors and creating a color wheel.
  • Color Properties
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of color properties by describing complementary colors, creating a value scale, and explaining the difference between hue, value, and intensity.
  • Symmetry
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of symmetry by defining symmetry and explaining their steps for creating a symmetrical butterfly.
  • Printmaking
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of printmaking by describing the difference between printmaking and stencils and creating a print and stenciled image.
  • 2D & 3D Art
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of 2D and 3D art by describing the difference between 2D art and 3D art, drawing a 2D person, and creating a 3D clay pot.
  • The Art Around Us
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the art around us by using clay to recreate a familiar statue, drawing a still life of items, and creating a garden memorial decoration.



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