Visual Arts Overview

These areas are to be presented at all levels through age-appropriate lessons:

  • Elements of Design: line, shape, form, color, value, texture, space
  • Principles of Design: balance, movement, rhythm, contrast, emphasis, pattern, unity
  • Color Theory: relationships using the color wheel
  • Perspective: linear and aerial
  • Safety
  • Tools
  • Techniques
  • Media Properties
  • Processes
  • Art History
  • Art Appreciation
  • Art Criticism
  • Aesthetics
  • Multicultural and Multiethnic Studies

Kindergarten through Grade 4

Young children experiment enthusiastically with art materials and investigate the ideas presented to them through visual arts instruction. Creation is at the heart of this instruction.

Grade 5 through Grade 8

Students’ visual expressions become more individualistic and imaginative. They select and transform ideas, discriminate, synthesize, and appraise, and they apply these skills to their expanding knowledge to the visual arts and to their own creative work.