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Estimated Completion Time

18 weeks


This course provides a foundation for children’s inherent artistic imagination and creativity by sharing the basics of art and making art. Students are introduced to primary colors, the color wheel, shapes such as lines and circles, and concepts such as symmetry. Young artists will also explore a variety of media such as pastels, watercolors, crayons, tempera, and pencil drawing.

A particular emphasis on this course is on creating works of art. In this semester students will work create a watercolor tree, use a printing block, produce weather painting, and produce a watercolor painting.

Please view the Elementary Parents’ Survival Guide: The First Four Weeks of Online Learning for guidance on helping your student in the transition to online learning.

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
Color Wheel


Lines and Shapes

Nature and Art

Credits .25


  • Molds
    I can describe a mold. I can create a fabric bowl using a mold.
  • Sewing
    I can demonstrate safe sewing skills. I can sew a sachet.
  • Paper Dolls
    I can demonstrate safe cutting skills. I can create a doll out of paper.
  • Abstract Art
    I can define abstract art. I can create an abstracted watercolor painting.
  • Wax Resists
    I can define wax resists. I can apply wax resists to a watercolor painting.
  • Watercolor
    I can describe the difference between wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry watercolor techniques. I can create a watercolor painting using the wet-on-dry technique.
  • Symmetry
    I can define mirror symmetry. I can create a piece of art using mirror symmetry.
  • Masks
    I can create a symmetrical mask. I can provide an example of when people wear masks.
  • Radial Symmetry
    I can define radial symmetry. I can create radial symmetry artwork I can provide examples of radial symmetry in nature.
  • Oil Pastels
    I can create scratch art using oil pastels and ink. I can describe my process for creating my scratch art.
  • Printing
    I can describe the printing process. I can create a print.
  • Actual Texture
    I can define texture. I can create a piece of art that uses texture.
  • Lines
    I can describe a continuous line. I can create a piece of artwork using a continuous line.
  • Implied Texture
    I can define implied texture. I can use implied texture in my artwork.
  • Soft Pastels
    I can describe the qualities of soft pastels. I can create a landscape using soft pastels.
  • Collage
    I can define collage. I can create a collage.
  • Paper Crafts
    I can define papercrafts. I can create a papercraft.
  • Three-Dimensional
    I can describe the difference between two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. I can create a three-dimensional piece of art.



Attend a virtual open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.