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Summit Art Kindergarten (Independent Study)

Summit Art Kindergarten (Independent Study)

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Kindergarten students are introduced to the elements of art—line, shape, color, and more.

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Kindergarten students are introduced to the elements of art—line, shape, color, and more. Students will:

  • Learn about important paintings, sculpture, and architecture.
  • Study the works of artists like Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Rembrandt van Rijn, Ando Hiroshige, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Faith Ringgold.
  • Create artwork similar to works they learn about, using many materials and techniques, including brightly colored paintings inspired by Henri Matisse, and mobiles inspired by Alexander Calder.



Unit 1: Let's Get Started

  • Identify lines in artwork such as Purple Robe and Anemones by Henri Matisse.
  • Learn about different types of artwork, including paintings and sculpture.
  • Compare art that looks real with art that looks make-believe.
  • Learn about the lives of Ando Hiroshige and Henri Matisse, and the characteristics of their works.


Unit 2: Shapes and Colors

  • Identify shapes and colors in artwork, such as Improvisation Painting by Wassily Kandinsky
  • Describe how colors are mixed to make new colors.
  • Learn about the life of Joan Miró and the characteristics of his works.


Unit 3: How Artists See People: Portraits and Self-Portraits

  • Identify portraits and self-portraits, such as Self-Portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn, and describe their characteristics.
  • Learn about the lives of Pablo Picasso and Henry Ossawa Tanner, and the characteristics of their works.


Unit 4: Let Me Repeat Myself: Patterns

  • Identify and describe patterns in artwork, such as Around the Fish by Paul Klee.
  • Learn about the life of Henri Rousseau and the characteristics of his works.


Unit 5: Getting in Touch with Art: Texture

  • Identify and describe qualities of texture in artwork, such as a "cap mask" by a Kuba artist from Congo.
  • Learn about the life of Faith Ringgold and the characteristics of her works.


Unit 6: Made in America: American Symbols and Native American Art

  • Identify and describe American symbols, artwork depicting American symbols, and American Indian art, such as the Statue of Liberty and a Navajo blanket.


Unit 7: Don't Move! Still Life Paintings

  • Identify still life paintings, such as Still Life with a Basket (The Kitchen Table) by Paul Cèzanne, and describe their characteristics.
  • Learn about the life of Paul Cézanne and the characteristics of his works.

Unit 8: Scenic Overlook: Landscapes

  • Identify landscapes, such as Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Brueghel the Elder and describe their features.


Unit 9: In the Round: Sculpture

  • Identify and describe examples of sculpture, such as Bronco Buster by Frederick Remington.


Unit 10: How Artists See Play

  • Identify paintings showing people at play, such as The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and describe their characteristics.


Unit 11: How Artists See Celebrations

  • Identify paintings showing celebrations, such as The Wedding Dance in Open Air by Pieter Brueghel the Elder and describe their characteristics.

Additional Information

Course Length 12 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials

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CONSUMABLE kits contain only those materials from the standard kit that are intended for one time use. Families who purchase a Standard kit for Child A could later purchase a Consumable kit for Child B to complete the same course.


Offered for added convenience, ADDITIONAL kits contain easily obtained materials needed for the course which a family may already have in their home. 

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Course Start Date

Independent Study Courses

Courses can be started any day for independent study courses without a teacher. Full-year courses last 12 months and semester courses last 6 months.


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Teacher Assisted This course is available in two forms: taught by a teacher or designed for independent use. This teacher-supported course is taught through K12 International Academy. It is also available as independent study, where a parent will guide the course.
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Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)


Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

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