A Look at Learning

A Look at Learning

The Visual Arts curriculum at Lincoln School is based on National Core Art Standards from Elementary through High School Elementary Art Program. 

Philosophy: Grades 3, 4 and 5 

The Elementary Art Program for Grades 3, 4 and 5 is to develop creative thinking and provide a different means of communication and self-expression. In the process the students are to learn to use language of art and apply art elements to create art. They are to relate works of art to a particular time period to understand that culture and historical events influence art. They are guided to recognize that art objects, motifs, and styles define cultural identity. The students are encouraged to use art concepts and vocabulary to generate personal criteria for self-evaluation or to evaluate other works of art. The integrated projects created in the Visual Art class are to communicate and enhance understanding of concepts in other subjects. The students are initiated to use the creative process to imagine, plan, organize and problem- solve to demonstrate confidence and skill with a variety of materials and techniques to create art. 

Grade 3

Grade 3 students apply Art Elements to design covers for their sketchbooks. The students identify and work on values from lightest to the darkest and express them through watercolor paintings and monochromatic self- portraits. Project Based Learning helps the lessons on Art History and Culture to be fun, creative and exciting integrated programs with the core subjects. The students practically explore arts and crafts of the host country Nepal and receive direct experience to develop technical skills and art vocabulary. The students practice art critique based on four steps of evaluating an artwork. They are frequently encouraged to use their sketchbooks for planning and jotting down their creative ideas. 

Grade 4
Grade 4 students apply Elements of Art to express and communicate their feelings through art and make connections to creative writing. The students are provided with different kinds of lines and shapes which they compose into imaginative landscape pictures. They are encouraged to use technical vocabulary when discussing artwork. Their main focus is to present different values, overlapping and perspective, and utilize negative and positive space. The Art History and Culture strand gives the students insight into traditional native paintings from different countries and they progress on to understand other forms of art movements. They practice their skills in creating 3– dimensional art and sculptures with different materials and correlate these projects to their classroom learning. 

Grade 5
Grade 5 students organize Elements of Art into principles of design. They develop confidence in using media of their choice. The students practice various kinds of pencil shadings. They learn to develop skills to control watercolor on paper and learn the process of various watercolor techniques to present perspective in watercolor landscape paintings. The students express their understanding of art history and culture by creating their own native artwork and masks. They evaluate artwork to learn and appreciate art through self -evaluation and peer -evaluation from the perspective of technical skills and originality.

By the end of Grade 5 the students:

  • Plan, organize, and apply elements of art to create art that reflects innovations
  • Demonstrate skills with a variety of materials and techniques to create art
  • Understand how history and culture have influenced art and recognize particular art objects, style and define cultural identity
  • Interpret and describe art works using the language of art and concept to generate personal criteria for self-evaluation or to evaluate other works of art
  • Comprehend and apply connections to other curricular area.

A Look At Learning Lower Elementary Art and Nepal Studies

Philosophy: Primary 1, Grades 1 and 2

The Elementary Art Program for Primary 1 to Grade 2 encourages children to create, draw, color, enjoy, and experiment with various tools, textures and media. The introduction to Art Elements familiarizes children with the principles of design. They are supported to create art that reflects personal observation and experience. They are guided to identify art that is used in cultural celebrations. The illustrations of world famous paintings set the foundation for developing basic technical vocabulary, skills and many art activities. Every effort is made to integrate and to broaden the subject matter to enhance the classroom learning.

Primary 1:

Primary 1 children practice drawing various kinds of lines and gradually focus on shapes, forms, colors, and space. The children draw lines and shapes using familiar mediums such as colored crayons, markers, pencils, watercolors and oil pastels. They are able to name and recognize simple geometrical shapes as well as learn to create secondary colors from primary colors. The lessons on Art History and Culture are an introductory glimpse for the children to understand different cultural art forms. The various art projects help to stimulate their right brain and to exercise their motor skills; this also helps them to learn the basic art vocabulary, skills and techniques.

Grade 1:

Grade 1 students are introduced to draw and personalize various kinds of lines and shapes into patterns. They learn to contour draw and present overlapping objects. Through lessons on Art History and Culture the students practice different styles and forms of art. The students are directed to plan and apply their thoughts into reality in building objects from recycled materials. The integrated Project Based Learning helps the children to correlate art with their core subjects. Simultaneously, the children comprehend technical skills, art vocabulary and learn to interpret their work, alongside learning to describe the work done by others.

Grade 2:

Grade 2 students apply different lines and shapes to contour draw their self- portraits. The students practice using mixed media and present symmetrical shapes, overlapping and negative and positive space in their work. The lessons on Art History and Culture are integrated projects with the core classroom lessons to enhance the students learning. Introduction to cubism is directed to 3 dimension tangible art forms. Henri Matisse’s use of bold colors encourages the students to create mixed media paper collage artworks. Consequently, the various art projects help the students practice different art techniques. They practice the fundamental skills of planning, and drawing. They are encouraged to record their ideas and observations in their sketchbooks as many professional artists do. The students progress on to observe details in real life and are led to interpret and analyze artworks using the language of art.

By the end of Grade 2 the students:

  • Demonstrate and apply basic elements of art such as different lines, shapes, forms and media to create art
  • Develop basic technical vocabulary and skills and apply principles of design
  • Understand how history has influenced art, identify and compare art that is used in cultural celebrations
  • Communicate ideas and feelings about art
  • Demonstrate understanding of connections to other curricular areas

Nepal Studies: Integrated Learning Program- Nepal Connection

Nepal Studies in the Lower Elementary classes is an integrated program with Social Studies to support children to comprehend units on host country Nepal to broaden their view on topics on Nepal through hands on projects.

The integrated learning introduces the children to experience the facts from fiction and differentiate the legends and historical facts. According to their grade level, the children learn about their surroundings they explore map of Nepal and the topography of the land. The children are introduced to endangered animals in Nepal, water resources, climate, the people of Nepal, costumes and communities to discover the ways of lives to identify the importance of the cultural values and practices in communities to recognize commonalities and differences across cultures through connections on topics on Nepal.
Integration of Visual Art and Nepal Studies from Primary 1 through Grade 2 help young children to understand art history and culture and to expand their knowledge and skills in exploring new techniques, a variety of artistic styles, as well as cultural crafts.
By the end of Grade 2 the students:

Demonstrate comprehension of basic structures like greeting and social exchange as a tool for communication with speakers of the language within the school and outside the school.
Identify the importance of the cultural values and practices in communities and recognize commonalities and differences across cultures.
Make connections on topics on Nepal in relation to subjects taught in other disciplines.