Elementary Art Grade 5

0.5 Credits
18 weeks

The Visual Art suite will provide students the foundational skills to be successful in a studio environment. Using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as the framework, students will feel confident in creating their own style of art. Students will explore and use a variety of materials safely during the creative process. The courses explicitly teach art techniques through modeling and connecting them to master artists. During the creative process, students will apply art vocabulary, procedures, as well as time-management and collaborative skills. They will develop their observational skills, prior knowledge, and art critique skills to reflect on and interpret works of art. Throughout each multifaceted lesson, the students will make connections to art and various cultures around the world. The course offers rich text to support art history instruction, including information on artists and art movements over time. The Visual Art suite integrates standards from all the core subject areas, including Math, Social Studies, Science, Health, and Language Arts. Connections are made to Music, Dance, and Physical Education as well. The Visual Art suite will develop students fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, creativity, and their appreciation for global communities.

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I can explain the lines and styles artists use to create landscapes. I can explain the design principle of movement. I can create a landscape following a multistep process.

Optical Art

I can list the characteristics of Optical Art. I can explain artists’ use of shapes in artwork. I can explain the design principles of repetition and pattern. I can create optical art following a multistep process.


I can describe the concepts of color. I can explain the design principle of proportion. I can explain artists’ use of color in artwork. I can create a self-portrait following a multistep process.

Surrealist Art

I can list characteristics of surrealism. I can explain the design principles of variety and unity. I can explain artists' use of space in artwork. I can create surrealist art following a multistep process.

Textured Art

I can compare actual and implied textures. I can explain artists' use of design principles to create implied textures. I can create textured art following a multistep process.


I can summarize steps artists take to create sculptures. I can explain the design principle of balance. I can create a sculpture following a multistep process.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 01: Line

  • 01.00 Module One Pretest
  • 01.01 Line
  • 01.02 David Hockney
  • 01.03 Module One Review and Assessment

Module 02: Shape

  • 02.00 Module Two Pretest
  • 02.01 Shape
  • 02.02 Bridget Riley
  • 02.03 Module Two Review and Assessment
  • 02.04 Module Two Discussion-Based Assessment

Module 03: Color

  • 03.00 Module Three Pretest
  • 03.01 Color
  • 03.02 Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
  • 03.03 Module Three Review and Assessment

Module 04: Space

  • 04.00 Module Four Pretest
  • 04.01 Space
  • 04.02 Salvador Dalí
  • 04.03 Module Four Review and Assessment
  • 04.04 Module Four Discussion-Based Assessment

Module 05: Texture

  • 05.00 Module Five Pretest
  • 05.01 Texture
  • 05.02 Gustav Klimt
  • 05.03 Module Five Review and Assessment

Module 06: Form

  • 06.00 Module Six Pretest
  • 06.01 Form
  • 06.02 Jean Arp
  • 06.03 Module Six Review and Assessment
  • 06.04 Module Six Discussion-Based Assessment

Course Materials

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.

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