Visual Arts

Art teachers in CREC schools believe that art education is essential to the development of the whole child.  While learning about art in a variety of hands-on classes, students are not only learning how to produce artist pieces, but are also developing critical thinking skills, self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, creativity, and self-motivation necessary for success.


Please note:  At CREC, we follow the National Core Art Standards in the way that our art curriculum is written.  We utilize the four pillars:  Creating; Performing/Presenting/Producing; Responding; and Connecting.



Visual Arts

Studio

Elementary
PreK - Grade 5


In Pre-K, students engage in creative, self-directed play with materials and tools. They share, identify, describe, and recognize art in their environments. By the end of 5th grade, students will be able to collaborate, observe, analyze, demonstrate, discuss, revise, connect, and interpret their own and others’ artworks while building skills in various media and materials. Students will identify how art is used to inform or change aspects of an individual or society and analyze cultural associations suggested by visual imagery.

Art classes are a weekly part of each CREC elementary school’s core curriculum and essentialist rotation.


Student artworks are presented in art portfolios, art displays, and art shows. These are organized and maintained individually at each different CREC school and may depend on the theme of the school.

Secondary
Grades 6-8


By the end of 8th grade, students will complete the following in visual arts classes:

By documenting stages of the creative process, students will shape artistic investigations of everyday life, demonstrate a willingness to experiment, innovate, take risks to pursue emerging ideas, and show awareness of ethics to create artwork while reflecting and revising theme-based works of art for display. Students will compare and contrast how art exhibitions influence ideas and actions and how our aesthetic choices are influenced by culture as well as impact the visual image we convey to others.

By the end of 8th grade, students will complete the following in studio-based classes:

Students will be introduced to a variety of art media, including paints, mark-making media (i.e., chalk, pastel, pencil, pen), mixed media and 3D media. In addition, students will also be using visual arts software for the purposes of design, such as Photoshop, and other programs for both design and 3D modeling and printing. Students will be learning a variety of visual art and design skills and techniques, and will be able to implement them in their work.

Secondary
Grades 9-12

By the end of 12th grade, students will complete the following in visual arts classes:

Students will use multiple approaches, and a range of materials and methods, to formulate new directions for artwork to influence perceptions and understanding of human experiences. Students will plan theme-based, personally meaningful collections of artwork and analyze how the world is affected by visual imagery in a variety of local, cultural, and historical contexts. Through critical analysis and curating a collection of artwork based on differing sets of criteria, students will consider the impact of works of art on the values and behaviors of society. Students will investigate methods for displaying, preserving, and protecting art.

By the end of 12th grade, students will complete the following in studio-based classes:

Students will work with a wide range of art media, including paints, mark-making media (i.e., chalk, pastel, pencil, pen), clay, printmaking media, mixed media and 3D media. In addition, students will also be using visual arts software for the purposes of design, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, CAD, Fusion, and other programs for both design and 3D modeling and printing. Students will be learning a variety of visual art and design skills and techniques, and will be able to implement them in their work.


How to Support Your Art Student at Home:  

You can best support your child’s love of art by asking questions about what they are learning in school, encouraging descriptive words when your child talks about their own and other’s artwork, visiting museums together, creating an “art space” at home where your child can create pieces of art, and encouraging your child to select artwork for “at home art shows” for family and friends.


Interesting resources

For more information, please contact the Arts Curriculum Facilitator, Dr. Wallis Johnson, at wjohnson@crec.org
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