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Art Grade 4 


Grade Range:
 4
Notes:
 Strands emphasized:
Creating presenting; responding, connecting
Course Description:
 This course uses positive and negative space and complementary colors (elements of art) to introduce contrast and emphasis (principles of design). Students explore the concept of proportion by learning the conventions of facial and figure drawing. This course builds observational drawing skills through the practice of shading techniques. This course helps students develop good artistic habits by continuing to use a sketchbook/journal. Students use new artmaking tools by creating additive and subtractive sculptures and weavings while focusing on handmade art by diverse cultures in California both currently and in the past. Visual literacy skills and visual art vocabulary are strengthened through discussion and written analysis and interpretation of exhibitions and works of art.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Turner, Portfolios: A State of the Art Program, Grade 4, Barrett Kendall, 1998.
Art Prints, Levels 4-6: Set B.
SDUSD VAPA Core Learnings, 2005.

Supplementary Resources
Art Study Sets (19 titles; available at the IMC).