Elementary Art Goals

I have the opportunity to interview with several Elementary Schools these upcoming weeks. In preparation I have begun to develop lesson materials, project ideas and lesson plans. In doing so I was struck with the realization that the sky really is the limit, there is such an enormity of projects I could do with these awesome kids!

So whats my plan? Start going through MD criteria and make some goals.

Here are my goals (If I were to teach elementary)

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I am such a visual person that create infographics and charts help me immensely. I think by really defining my goals for each grade level will help me sort projects into appropriate grade levels and help me determine my focus.

How do you determine what to teach to each grade level?

What are somethings that work better with lower grades vs. upper grades?

Do you have any tips for teaching kindergarten art?


Projects we have done so far…

This year I was hired on as a long-term sub to teach 7th and 8th-grade visual arts. Here are the projects I have done so far with the kids

7th Grade

Color schemes:

We learned about different color schemes by first coloring in a mandala coloring page using monochromatic, triadic, complementary, and analogous color schemes. Following that exercise, the students chose a subject (cartoon characters) and repeated that subject four times on a piece of large paper. They then colored in with watercolor colored pencils, each of those four drawings using one of the four color schemes I taught.


After that, we studied the principle of design Movement. Students watched several video clips from the Olympics and acted them out to get the other half of the class to guess what they were acting out. This activity was meant to help students understand how to simplify gestures to their basic forms and help them to draw figures in motion. We also discussed different ways in which movement could be captured. This work of art was painted on an 8 x 10 piece of watercolor paper.


Next tieing it in with movement, we discussed the importance of balance in one’s work of art. Students learned about famed sculpture artist Alexander Calder. Students also studied the different ways that balanced could be created. Can you actually balance multiple objects on a wooden dowel rod? yes. Can you also create visual balance by repeating colors and textures, motifs and ideas? yes. Once students understood these concepts I did a demonstration of the different ways that one could sculpt using paper- and had students create the objects for their mobiles using their paper sculpting techniques.


For their next assignment students are learning about Rhythm in art. “Rhythm is the repetition or alternation of elements, often with defined intervals between them. Rhythm can create a sense of movement, and can establish pattern and texture”. I am connecting what they already know about Rhythm within music to what they are now learning about Rhythm with art. Students listened to a variety of different types of music which they, using a plethora of lines and shapes and colors, illustrated as they listened. We will also study several artists whose works were inspired by music or show a certain “rhythm and musical quality”. Lastly to complete their final art piece students will using a variety of different media “DJ” their own compilation of songs. 




The Stone age

What is cooler than learning about some of the oldest art on earth!? Students will learn about the three main periods of the stone age, Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic.  They will learn about the tools people created and about cave art. Then students will be able to create their own cave art by drawing animals, people, hands and symbols on their works of art.  Slideshow:The Stone age

History of Stone Age: Found here

Reading material for kids

Great resource for elementary art teachers






From here



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Art History syllabus

This school year we will be following an art history timeline to create our masterpieces, we will be learning about everything from Cave Art to Surrealism!

Our works of art will be created from all sorts of materials and mediums and it is expected that students will be responsible with their supplies.

Most of the supplies will be provided however students will need to bring a pencil and eraser to class every day.


Projects will be worth 10 points for every day that is spent on the assignment. So if we spend 5 work days on an assignment it will be worth 50 points. If we only spend 3 days on a project it will be worth 30 points.

It is important to be in class, and spend class time wisely so you don’t lose points on your project. If the class starts a new project and you have not finished your previous project you are expected to either take the project home or find other time to work on it. Projects can always be submitted for a partial grade even if it is not finished to avoid a zero on your grade.

There may be a few quizzes on what they are learning about art history or the elements and principles of art, these quizzes will range from 5-20 points. And students will have plenty of time to prepare for quizzes, and accommodations can be made upon request.

Although homework is not assigned, you may be asked to find and bring a reference photo to class or to finish an old project at home.

How to get an A in art: these students are those who turn in all of their projects, take pride in their craftsmanship, participate in class*, and are good citizens by helping others and help to keep the classroom clean.

*participating is not just raising one’s hand. Those who participate are those who work hard on their projects, follow directions, brainstorm with others, or choose to display their artwork.

Important disclosure regarding Art History

Art history is one of the most exciting and important parts of our class. Art History is truly a record of life on earth since before written history. It is important to note that nudity and mature themes exist in nearly every art movement. I will choose artists and works of art that I feel best to represent these art movements without depicting nude figures.

Please be aware that if students choose to google these art movements they may come across some works of art that depict nudity or mature themes.

I recognize that not all parents are okay with artwork of this nature and so I will only show works of art that do not show any nudity.

I also will, through google classroom, provide slides from class and reference photos that students can use so they don’t have to Google images.

If you have any concerns please contact me at msSingletonsArtClass@gmail.com.

Class Rules

Our art class has four main overall rules they are

  • Respect Self
  • Respect Classmates
  • Respect Teacher
  • Respect Materials and Classroom

Please commit to keeping these rules and helping others to do so.

If a student breaks one of these rules they will 1) be given a few reminders to correct their behavior or actions. If the issue persists they will 2) lose a privilege, for example, their seat may be changed, or they might lose the use of materials. And if the issue continues to persist 3) the student’s parent or guardian will be contacted to discuss what steps need to be taken and how to help the student succeed in class.


I want to make 2018 the best school year yet! There are so many great things to learn about ART and there are so many amazing things we are going to CREATE!