Elementary Art Program for Piedmont Unified Schools
Piedmont elementary schools are excited to continue to implement a new vision for visual arts education in the 2017-18 school year. This program is possible thanks to the efforts of the Instructional Design Team and support from the Piedmont Education Foundation and Piedmont’s Promote Arts in the Schools (PAINTS) organization. A team of credentialed art and multiple subject teachers is developing curriculum aligned with the National Visual Arts Standards, California Visual Arts Standards and current research from Harvard School of Education’s Project Zero. In addition to studio classes, art teachers will also work with classroom teachers to develop integrated art projects.
The four key artistic processes outlined by the National Visual Arts Standards will guide our major themes for this year: creating, responding, presenting, and connecting. With each lesson, we strive to nurture young artists who can confidently engage in all four processes. To focus instruction we will select one process per trimester by framing a guiding question that all students, transitional kindergarten (TK) to fifth, will explore through artmaking. California’s standards provide the basis for an articulated elementary arts education. Students will learn the language of art as well as the use of tools for creative expression in drawing, composition, painting, and sculpture. Project Zero’s Studio Habits of Mind outlines fundamental thinking skills of the art studio that also support engagement and success in other areas of school, family, and community life. They are: Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, Stretch & Explore, and Understand Art Worlds. We look forward to creating opportunities to build these skills in the art studio and beyond.
Brittney Price, K-5 Art Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org