Endeavor Visual Arts Curriculum
The Visual Arts program at Endeavor teaches students how explore their worlds through the creative process. Students are encouraged to stretch their imaginations and unlock their artistic abilities.
Students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade participate in the visual arts program at Endeavor. Students have a visual arts class from one 40-minute period each week and middle school students have the option to take a 45 minute art based elective. All art projects at Endeavor Charter School are designed to implement the NC Visual Arts objectives. Please visit www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/artsed for more information on thes objectives.
Some of the many different types of projects students focus on through out the year are: drawing, writing, painting, collage, recycling, weaving, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry making, art history, and art correlations with math, reading, writing, science, geography, and world cultures. Self-expression and exploration of art materials is encouraged. Students will also participate in group critiques, where students develop their language skills as they communicate the ideas in the creation of their art.
Parents are encouraged to ask questions to their child about the process of creating their artwork. Discussion of art at home enhances the child's ability to use their short term memory, sequencing skills, verbal skills and other higher order thinking skills as they describe their projects.
Please read below to find a brief desciption of what your student's grade level will be focuing on this year in visual art.
Kindergarten visual arts classes at Endeavor strive for students to become visually expressive. We begin with the basic elements of art; line, color, shape, and texture and explore each of these in depth through various art mediums including paint, clay, and collage. Students at this level focus on personal experience and/or imagination, exploring a variety of media to develop their gross motor skills, learning to safely care for art materials, and exploring a wide variety of art forms and artists. We also “travel around the world” to the countries the students study in Social studies and learn about art from those cultures.
First grade visual arts classes build on the elements of art and the visual vocabulary the students began to develop in Kindergarten. First graders are introduced to the principles of design, including repetition, pattern, geometric shapes, and texture. Students at this level focus on reading, recognizing mistakes can be creative opportunities, telling and recording original stories through art, and observing how other artists tell their stories. We use a wide variety of art mediums including, paint, clay, collage, weaving, and sculpture.
Second grade visual arts classes continue to expand on the elements of art and principles of design they have previously been introduced to. At this level, students focus on trying a variety of techniques and imagery to enhance their designs, practice using emphasis and movement in their artwork, learn about the weather and seasons through art, recognize how artists create mood and develop emotions in their work, and the difference between reality and fantasy. Students in second grade use a wide variety of art materials and create projects inspired by artists from different styles, cultures, and time periods.
Visual arts classes in third grade promote self-discipline as the studetns take on more of the responsibility of sharing space, cleaning up materials, and using more advanced supplies. Students at this level being to demonstrate ease in using a variety of media, develop space and balance in their work, and are able to differentiate between a landscape, portrait, and still life. We look at the lives of artists from a variety of time periods and strive to integrate art projects with areas of the third grade curriculum including, fables, myths, measurement, calligraphy, plants, the human body, and the solar system.
Students in fourth grade art classes should be able to demonstrate complete knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design, as well as, have a fluent visual arts vocabulary. They should have the ability to organize and sequence, incorporate multi-step processes, understand value, compare and contrast art movements, and recognize the styles of individual artists. Fourth grade students explore the art of North Carolina and focus on North Carolina history, animals, and symmetry, and the North Carolina lighthouses.
Fifth Grade/Sixth Grade:
In fifth grade and sixth grade students may choose what Fine Arts course they would like to take. Students should be able to able to use the elements of art and principles to develop an aesthetic composition. We will continue to explore artists and art forms from around the world and begin to use additional media, techniques, and process which may include: charcoal drawing, printmaking, mixed media projects, wire sculptures, and photography. Students will critique artwork from master artists and their peers based on emphasis, movement, repetition, space, balance, value, and unity. Some of the course offereings for these grades are Art Through the Ages, Art Exploration, Trash to Treasure, and Stop-Motion Animation.
In seventh grade and eighth grade students may choose what Fine Arts course they would like to take. Students should be able to able to use the elements of art and principles to develop an aesthetic composition. We will continue to explore artists and art forms from around the world and begin to use additional media, techniques, and process which may include: charcoal drawing, printmaking, mixed media projects, wire sculptures, and photography. Students will critique artwork from master artists and their peers based on emphasis, movement, repetition, space, balance, value, and unity. Some of the courses offered for these grades include Art Around the World, Fun with Fibers, Sculpture 101, Careers in Art, Behind the Scenes, Digital Art and Photography, and more!