General Information



1. How often will my child have art?
    Your child will have art once a week for a one hour class. Grades two and three will also come to art on a rotating basis every five weeks for an hour-long enrichment activity.

2. What is covered in the art curriculum?

Grade 2  I base lessons on the Elements of Art: line, color, shape, texture, and composition.  This is done two-dimensionally as well as three-dimensionally in the form of shadow boxes, paper sculptures, clay, mobiles and more.  Whenever possible, I include the work of famous artists.  Some of the artists introduced in grade two are Mary Cassatt with family drawings, Alexander Calder with mobiles and stabiles, Juan Miro with shape, color and design as well as Picasso and DaVinci with portrait drawings.  I also make a connection with what is being taught in the classroom.  The second graders do a unit based on scientific drawings of insects, Native American Art,  as well as Inuit Culture. 
Throughout the year students are introduced to art that represents the three different genres which include realism, abstract and non-objective works.

Grade 3 Third grade lessons use the same Elements of Art but "Value" is added to their vocabulary. The students continue to build on previously learned skills and techniques.  This is done two-dimensionally as well as three-dimensionally in the form of shadow boxes, paper sculptures, clay and more.  Whenever possible, work of famous artists are included.  Some of the artists are Picasso with value paintings and abstract faces, Van Gogh with Impressionism, and Kandinsky and Mondrian with non-objective designs. The students also do lessons while using Core Values as a theme.  Whenever possible, a connection is made with what is being taught in the classroom.  The students continue working with the three genres of realism, abstract and non-objective art.

Grade 4 The Fourth grade lessons use the same previously learned Elements of Art but "Form" is now added to their vocabulary.  The students also continue to build on previously learned skills and techniques.  Lessons are also planned to connect with the class curriculum.  In fourth grade there is a strong emphasis on authentic and scientific drawings.  We started the year by drawing leaves and trees. After reading
the book The Giving Tree, the leaves were then used for writing Core Value messages.  Some of the artists and themes used are Homer, Wyeth, and Hartley for Maine artists, O'Keeffe for landscapes and abstract art, Maine studies, Black History Month and technical drawings.


3. How often will art work come home?
  Your child’s early 2-D work will not be passed back until early spring when we plan for our spring at show. 3-D lessons go home as soon as they are completed. 

4. What about school and community art exhibits?
    As mentioned before, student work is always on display on a rotating basis at Y.E.S.  Student work can also be seen at Norway Savings Bank and Town Hall.  Selected works of art can also be seen periodically at the Superintendent’s Office. At Yarmouth Elementary School we celebrate the end of the year with a school-wide art show.