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Hello St. Louise Families,
During the year, students in grades K - 8 will experience a variety of mediums while continuing to expand and explore the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Each assignment will consist of age appropriate objectives that help students develop and understand the different elements and principles. The Elements of Art include: line, shape, form, space, color, value and texture. The Principles of Design include: balance, contrast, movement, rhythm, pattern, emphasis and unity.
Projects will incorporate a wide selection of materials and students will have the opportunity to create both 2D and 3D art. Students will also have the opportunity to work individually on assignments as well as in partners and group situations.  I can’t wait to have the kids experience charcoal, oil pastel, watercolors, acrylic, printmaking, metal, canvas, pen and ink, crayon, markers, clay and tempera paints. It is going to be a colorful year!
Art historical content and aesthetics will also be introduced through each of the assigned projects. For all grade levels, art assignments are graded and expected to be completed in a timely manner by the individual student. Students are encouraged to share their work with their classmates and discuss his/her art making process.  I also hope they bring this excitement home and continue to share their artistic process and experience with parents as well.
I look forward to working with all of your children at St. Louise School and watching their creativity blossom over the course of the year. Feel free to stop by anytime, the Art room door is always open.
Mika Walker
Art Specialist

Visual Art Curriculum 2021-2022


General Learning Objectives for Kindergarten - 8th Grade

  • Students will create projects that highlight the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. They will learn proper skills using a wide variety of art materials and tools in the art room.
  • Historic and contemporary artist appreciation will be incorporated into multiple lessons throughout the year. Art vocabulary and techniques will be introduced and then expanded upon for each grade level.
  • Artists will be graded on the following ideals: Understands and applies art knowledge and skills in visual arts and Demonstrates responsible behavior, positive participation, and completion of assignments.

Kindergarten/ 1st Grade

  • Identify colors on the Color Wheel including Primary, Secondary, Warm and Cool colors. Practice color mixing using Primary colors.
  • Identify and draw geometric shapes. Recognize patterns and types of lines.
  • Art Vocabulary Terms- outline, repetition, portrait, collage, geometric, sculpture, pattern, landscape, foreground, middle ground, background, horizontal, vertical, primary, secondary, warm, cool, neon, metallic, symmetry,  diagonal, museum, artist, horizon line, resist, ROYGBIV, 3D shapes, overlap, sewing, needle eye, running stitch and weaving.

2nd / 3rd Grade

  • Identify colors on the Color Wheel including Primary, Secondary, Warm, Cool and Neutral colors. Practice color mixing, creating Secondary colors and brown.
  • Identify and draw geometric and organic shapes and 3D forms.
  • Demonstrate proportion in the human face. Recognize types of balance in art, including symmetrical and asymmetrical balance.
  • Art Vocabulary Terms- shadow, silhouette, asymmetry, slab, tape resist, abstract, composition, overhand knot, organic shapes, scratch and attach, sculptural relief, fiber, loom, plain weave, 1 point perspective, whipstitch, analogous colors, whisper line, birds eye view, vanishing point, dry brush, blending, cross hatching, and armature. 

4th/5th Grade

  • Identify colors on the Color Wheel, including Primary, Secondary and Complementary Colors. Practice mixing monochromatic color schemes.
  • Identify and sketch geometric and 3D forms using shading.
  • Recognize types of balance in art, including symmetrical, radial, and asymmetrical balance.
  • Art Vocabulary Terms- architecture, composition, positive space, negative space, still life, armature, gyotaku, pointillism, texture, illusion, complementary, highlight, shadow, profile view, abstract, realism, monochromatic, warp, weft, tapestry, typography, collaborate, emphasis and continuous line.

6th / 7th/ 8th Grade


  • Identify and create interesting color schemes, including Monochromatic and Complementary. Use intensity and value of color to enhance artwork.
  • Demonstrate proportion in the human figure and face.
  • Use size, placement and overlapping to create the illusion of depth. Continued exploration of shading through blending, crosshatching, and stippling.
  • Art Vocabulary Terms- surrealism, op art, optical illusion, symbolism, abstract, typography, slab, weaving, wet on wet, action painting, sculpt, collaborate, realism, composition, contour, point of view, blind contour, deboss, emboss, balance, focal point, illusion, graffiti, craftsmanship, real texture, implied texture, watercolor wash, resist, relief, free-standing, armature, brayer, grid drawing and plaster cloth.