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6th Grade Art: Topics on American Art

6th Grade Art: Topics on American Art

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Following the time line of the K12's History program (American History Since 1865), Intermediate Art: American B introduces students to the artists, cultures, and great works of art and architecture of North America, from the end of the Civil War through modern times.

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Course Overview

Following the time line of the K12's History program (American History Since 1865), Intermediate Art: American B introduces students to the artists, cultures, and great works of art and architecture of North America, from the end of the Civil War through modern times. Students will:

  • Study and create various works, from realistic to abstract to nonrepresentational, including prints, clay sculptures, architectural models, and paintings
  • Investigate paintings in various styles, from Impressionistic to Pop. They learn about modern sculpture and folk art, and how photographers and painters have inspired one another. They examine examples of modern architecture, from skyscrapers to art museums
  • Create artworks inspired by works they learn about, using many materials and techniques after studying cityscapes by Edward Hopper and Stuart Davis, students make cityscapes with bold colors and shapes; and they make models of monumental sculpture inspired by Alexander Calder's sculpture


Course Outline

The Artist's Eye

  • Identify roles of an artist
  • Recognize the influence art exhibits have on artists and the general public
  • Identify that artworks with similar characteristics have been grouped into periods or styles
  • Identify color groups as primary, secondary, intermediate, warm, cool, monochromatic, analogous, and complementary
  • Describe the effect color has in an artwork
  • Explain how artists use art elements and design principles in their compositions

Modern American Painting: From Impressionism to Pop Art

  • Identify the use of the elements of art and principles of design in artworks
  • Identify characteristics of or facts about the art of Mary Cassatt, John Sloan, Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Josef Albers, Mark Rothko, and Roy Lichtenstein
  • Identify characteristics of the art movements called Impressionism, Ashcan School, American Scene Painting, Color Field, and Pop Art
  • Identify how new technology influenced an artist or illustrator's vision

New Ideas in Sculpture

  • Identify the use of elements of art and principles of design in sculptures
  • Identify characteristics of or facts about the sculpture of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Frederic Remington, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Deborah Butterfield, and Maya Lin
  • Identify events in the life of Maya Lin, and characteristics of her art
  • Identify a reason artists make monuments or memorials

The Camera and the Brush

  • Identify how Eadweard Muybridge's motion photography influenced painters
  • Identify characteristics of or facts about the art of Eadweard Muybridge, Thomas Moran, Edward Weston, Georgia O'Keeffe, Lewis Hine, and Charles Sheeler
  • Identify events in the life of Thomas Moran, and characteristics of his art

The Architect at Work

  • Explain the meaning of the phrase, "Form follows function"
  • Identify characteristics of or facts about the architecture of Daniel Burnham, William Van Alen, Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, Frank O. Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright, and I.M. Pei

Colorful Traditions

  • Identify characteristics of or facts about folk art from the Americas, including Cuna Indian molas, Zapotec woodcarvings, South American arpilleras, Hawaiian kapa apana, and South and Central American weavings
  • Recognize that people decorate functional objects
  • Recognize that people create artworks based on cultural traditions

Additional Information

Course Length 12 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials No
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.

 

Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall and Spring. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 5 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

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!)

Using  Mobile Devices with the Online School

Unfortunately, many portable devices do not support the software products required to run the Online School. These devices may include (but not limited to): Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, iPods, Kindles, eReaders, and Andriod phones.

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.