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Kindergarten Art

Kindergarten Art

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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 Miro, and others, and create artwork similar to works they learn about.

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Course Overview

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

Course Outline

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  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scenic Overlook: Landscapes

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

In the Round: Sculpture

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

How Artists See Play

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

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 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.
  1. This is not your average Kindergarten art class!
    review by Erin on 8/14/2016

    While finger painting, gluing on noodles, and many more "art skills" are the foundation of most kindergarten art curriculums, this K12 Art curriculum is so much more!! I searched for months for a program like this and found nothing even close. This is the beginning of establishing a life-long appreciation of art in your child. Together, you look at beautiful artwork, either in the gorgeous hardbound book, or by using the large prints (done in gloss ink on heavy paper...we used to put the prints up on the wall). The course guides your discussion...perhaps about the colors used, or the techniques, or style... and you enjoy the art together. From there, your child takes the knowledge and creates their own beautiful work of art! Throughout the use of this course, not only were our walls covered with art, but on a family trip to the museums in Washington D.C., my two children spotted multiple works of art we had studied, and were very excited to know so much about them. Now, that's rewarding!

To use this course, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection.  Some courses require additional free software programs, which you can download from the Internet.

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.