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            Welcome to the World of Art!

                                          Mrs. Christensen
     
                        dchristensen@watervillecsd.org
     
                                   315-841-3700

     
                                       Greetings!


    I would like to sharesome information about my background and the Art Program for the Memorial Park Elementary School. I am a graduate from the College of Saint Rose with a specialty major in sculpture. I enjoy working with many types of media and materials and inspiring the young artists at MPS.

    Young artists at Memorial Park Elementary School have art class once every four days. The elementary art program is built upon a foundation of New York State Visual
    Arts Standards, exploration, self-discovery and creative problem-solving.
    Integration of the Common Core and forthcoming National Arts Standards
    encourages a rigorous learning environment. Each year of instruction builds on the previous one, allowing studentsthe opportunity to flex their artistic muscle in more complex and dynamic possibilities. Remember: ART makes you SMART!
     

    Visual Arts Experiences
     
     

    The elementary visual arts programprovides an opportunity for a variety of experiences:

       *   a chance to grow and develop as an individual

       *  to learn and develop visual arts skillsand concepts

       *   to interpret and communicate withvisual symbols

       *    to experiment, explore and create

       *   to value and appreciate the culturalaspects of art

       *   to relate and appreciate art ineveryday life

        *   to utilize and strengthen 21st Century skills: (Critical thinking andProblem

    solving, Communication,Collaboration, and Creativity and Innovation).

     

    During the K-6 Visual Arts experience,many art forms are introduced, and developed.  These art forms may include but are not limeted to:  drawing, painting, collage, assemblage, printmaking, graphicdesign, illustration, sculpture, architecture, weaving, ceramics, fashion anddigital media.

    Within the dynamic K-6 Visual Artsprogram, there are six developmental areas where the Elements and Principles ofArt are introduced, explored and reinforced.  The six areas are:

        2D Design

        3D Design

        Illusion of depth/space

        Color Theory

        Figure Drawing

        Objects from life


     

    Art Foundation, Production and History

     
    The Elements of Art (line, shape,color, texture, form, space, value) are the core components of understanding,creating and communicating in the Visual Arts. As students progressthrough the MPS Arts program, they build upon this important visual foundation, which leads to the introduction and development of the Principles of Art (balance, repetition, emphasis, unity, and contrast) during project exploration
    and creation.

    Art Production
    The E.Q. (Essential Question) and Target Goal are introduced and students make educational guesses as to how they will use Visual Arts skills to create a solution to the E.Q. challenge and then use a variety of
    media/tools/techniques in order to reach the Target Goal.  Critical project steps, techniques, and media are presented.  Elements of art and vocabulary words are identified and reinforced throughout the lesson.

    Art History:
    *  Students are introduced to facts about the artist's life.
    *  Examples of the artist's work are observed and critiqued.
    *  Elements of Art and other important vocabulary words are identified and defined.