The art curriculum for grades 3-5 is aligned with the Visual Arts Standards from the Connecticut Arts Curriculum Framework as outlined by the State Department of Education. These standards articulate what students should know and be able to do within the visual arts by grade level. Art experiences at WIS are therefore structured using a concept-based approach to present students with historical background, studies of the elements of art and principals of design, a variety of media and processes, and guidance in the development of individual ideas. Units are also designed so that students will gain an understanding of the visual arts in relation to other cultures as well as their own daily lives.
Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects will be undertaken in each grade, aimed at building knowledge of history, conceptual understanding and skill-development. Included in the curriculum are still life, realistic and abstract portraiture, one-point perspective, figure drawing, graphic and commercial design, drawing from observation, illustration of stories, and landscape drawing. Also covered will be clay construction, mixed-media sculpture, printmaking, mask making, watercolor techniques, color mixing, and shading, These studies will be presented in connection with established artists from history as well as those from the contemporary art world.
Incorporated into our teaching of art history, studio skills and self-expression is a strong emphasis on how artists plan their work, develop ideas and reflect on their own outcomes. It is our aim for students to learn the background and approaches to art making needed to create art that is personally meaningful, as well as to provide a strong foundation for future growth.