our fifth grade program
Fifth grade students examine the essential questions, “How do we know who we are?” and “Does creating art help us know ourselves better?” and gain insight through exploring a variety of artistic approaches and styles. They begin the year reviewing and applying the elements and principles of design – line, shape, form, space, balance and emphasis – by drawing self-portraits.
Students also study the work of contemporary artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and use her style of communication and painting in response to their trip to their social studies trip to Jamestown. They use collage materials to explore their personal choices of color and design in an archetypal shape, the circle. Oil pastels are used to create a fun-loving project entitled “When Animals Dream” and use of texture is explored through clay landscapes. Watercolor techniques and methods along with variety of materials are combined to make landscape collages.