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Fifth Grade Art

Course Description

In each unit in fifth grade, students have the opportunity to create, present, respond to, and connect with a variety of artworks. They plan and create artworks, develop skills using art materials, and learn to use artistic vocabulary to describe and respond to art. Students will work with clay, drawing, painting, sculpture, and color theory.

Grade Level(s): Fifth Grade

Related Priority Standards (State &/or National):  Missouri Fine Arts Standards

Essential Questions

  • How do you decide what you will make with skills and materials you have?
  • How will you plan and prepare for the artwork you will create?
  • How will your artwork reflect something important to you?
  • How does information about traditional approaches to building with clay influence your approach?
  • How will your artwork show somewhere important to you?
  • How will your artwork impact your viewers' thoughts about your subject?
  • What effect are you hoping to create? 
  • How will you experiment with your materials to learn how to create the colors you are trying for ?       
  • Where will you display your artwork? How can we display our art so that people will enjoy it?

Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas

  • Artists refine their skills and combine techniques for working in a specific medium.
  • Artists understand the limits imposed by their medium.
  • Artists use diverse methods of investigation to choose an approach for beginning a work of art.
  • Artists experiment and develop skills in multiple art making techniques and approaches through practice.
  • Artists use symbols and motifs to represent community values and ideas.
  • Artists design pieces that are useful and expressive.
  • Artists create the illusion of space by using vanishing points, a horizon line and converging lines.
  • Printmaking allows artists to repeat an image.
  • Because color is associated with ideas and emotions, artists use colors to influence mood and tone.    
  • Artists experiment with blending primary colors and secondary colors to discover the colors they can create with the tools they have.

Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

Unit 1 - Clay: Combining Two Handbuilding Techniques

  • Students will plan, build, and finish a clay form using at least two handbuilding techniques, choosing from slab, pinch, and coil. As the final clay project in elementary school, this is the culmination of all the skills they have learned previously. 
  • Students will learn about how different cultural functions and forms influence clay design.

Unit 2 - One-Point Perspective

  • Students will investigate perspectives and how they influence perception. 
  • Students will study how representations of the same item using different perspective techniques influence the tone of the work. 
  • Students will create representations of the built environment using one-point perspective.

Unit 3 - Printmaking: Subtractive and Editions of Print

  • Students will learn how to remove materials from the printing medium to reproduce a series of images. 
  • Students will choose among their work to select the highest quality prints for a series on display. 
  • Students will use artistic vocabulary to create an artist's statement to enhance their display.

Unit 4 - Color: Tertiary

  • Students will understand color theory and how color conveys meaning through color relationships with emphasis on tertiary colors. 
  • Students will use multiple techniques and skills in their own artwork to develop color use, including mixing, contrast, and value.  
  • Students will identify how color is used in others' artwork, historically and stylistically.

Course Resources & Materials: Art of Education, Flex Curriculum & Pro Learning

Date Last Revised/Approved: 2022