In the primary grades (K-2), visual art students begin to explore and develop an understanding of the elements of art and principals of design by exploring a variety of materials and techniques. They develop their observational and fine motor skills and sensory connections to create artworks.
As they progress into the intermediate grades (3-6), students build on their previous understanding of the elements of art and principles of design to create artworks. They use a variety of media, genres, styles, and techniques and use established guidelines to present, reflect upon and explain their artwork to others. They develop visual thinking strategies as they create and respond to art and make connections across disciplines, cultures, place, and time.
- Washington State Visual Arts Standards
- Curriculum: FLEX Curriculum, The Art of Education Publications + a variety of professional sources for literature and technique instructional materials.
In the primary grades (K-2), music students echo pitches, dynamics, beats, and rhythms. They identify, distinguish, and experience pitch, melody, rhythm, dynamics and sound sources as they use their voices, bodies, and instruments in games and activities. They explore a variety of styles and genres of music, as they begin to develop singing and playing skills and techniques while exploring the elements of music.
At the intermediate level (3-5), students have the opportunity to perform and improvise in a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Students understand and perform a variety of types and styles of music and use musical skills and techniques to explore and apply the elements of music. Technique is learned as a foundation for students to continue the study of music at the secondary level and beyond.
- Washington State Standards
- K-5 Music Curriculum: QuaverMusic, QuaverEd Publications, Silver Burdett Making Music, Pearson Publications (supplemental), World Music Drumming, by Will Schmid, Hal Leonard Publications (supplemental)
- 6th Strings Curriculum: String Basics by Terry Shade & Jeremy Woolstenhulme
- 6th Band Curriculum: Tradition of Excellence by Bruce Pearson