Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 5, Visual Arts, 2006

1.) Utilize the elements of art and principles of design and the structures and functions of art to communicate personal ideas.

Example: creating a painting, drawing, or sculpture in reaction to world events, drug awareness, or medical issues

•  Creating works of art utilizing a variety of traditional found and recyclable objects
Example: using Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee's architectural structures as motivation to produce recycled structures

•  Producing one-point perspective drawings
Example: drawing cubes using a vanishing point

2.) Apply variety and unity in the production of two- and three-dimensional works of art.

Example: using Joan Miró's Horse Carnival of Harlequins to create a circus, carnival, zoo painting, or diorama

•  Producing moving and stationary sculptures
Examples: mobiles, totem poles, origami paper sculptures, clay coil or slab-built pottery

3.) Explain the elements of art and principles of design, including variety and unity in a work of art.


- variety--shapes and lines in Joan Miró's Composition,

- unity--black lines in Henri Matisse's Purple Robe and Anemones

•  Applying appropriate vocabulary in discussing a work of art
4.) Critique personal works of art orally or in writing according to specified criteria, including elements of art, principals of design, technical skill, and creativity.

•  Organizing the progression of artwork in a personal portfolio
5.) Identify societal values, beliefs, and everyday experiences expressed through works of art.

Examples: satire expressed in editorial cartoons, societal values expressed by the digital animation industry

6.) Describe works of art according to the style of various cultures, times, and places.


- cultures--artistic styles of Native American cultures of the Southwestern and Pacific Northwestern United States,

- times--Asher B. Durand's early nineteenth-century painting Kindred Spirits,

- places--gargoyles and sculptures known as grotesques from European countries

•  Describing ways in which the subject matter of other disciplines is interrelated with the visual arts

- mathematics--Mavrits Cornelis (M. C.) Esher and tesselations;

- language arts--Patricia Pollaco and book illustrations;

- social studies--Matthew Brady and Civil War photography;

- science--transformation of shapes to forms, circles to spheres, squares to cubes, and triangles to pyramids

7.) Associate a particular artistic style with an individual artist.

Examples: Claude Monet with Impressionism, Claes Oldenberg with pop art, Alfred Leslie with photorealism

•  Using traditional and digital media to arrange works of art according to culture, theme, and historical period
Example: arranging works of art within a specific art movement or on a timeline