• The first grade art curriculum at CWES is based on the Alabama course of study for first grade art education:

    Arts Education, Grade 1, Visual Arts, 2006

    1.) Create works of art using a variety of techniques.

    Example: creating prints and collages using found objects

    •  Creating works of art using a variety of subject matter, including still life paintings and portraits
    Examples: still life painting of fruit in a bowl, family portraits

    •  Producing three-dimensional works of art
    Examples: found-object sculptures, clay sculptures such as pinch pots
    2.) Apply primary, secondary, and neutral colors; line direction; form; and space to create works of art.


    - primary and secondary colors--mixing primary colors to achieve secondary colors in paintings of aliens,

    - neutral colors--creating and painting sculptures similar to Charles Lucas' outdoor sculpture The New Breed,

    - line direction--creating paintings similar to Piet Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie,

    - form--creating a work of art similar to Frederick Roth's sculpture Columbia Lion,

    - space--creating figures using found objects such as spools and cardboard tubes
    3.) Identify neutral colors, form, and space in works of art.


    - neutral colors--Georges Braques' Cubist still life paintings,

    - form--Pueblo Indian ceramic storyteller sculptures,

    - space--Alexander Calder's mobiles
    4.) Recognize similarities and differences in media, visual and tactile characteristics, and natural or man-made forms used in artwork.


    - media--differences between tempera and watercolor paints,

    - visual and tactile characteristics--Jacob Lawrence's collages versus Frank Stella's and George Seurat's paintings,

    - natural or man-made forms--texture of pine cone versus texture of concrete block
    5.) Describe moods, feelings, and emotions depicted by a work of art.

    Examples: dark room representing loneliness, sunny sky representing cheerfulness
    6.) Recognize artistic characteristics of various cultures, times, and places.


    - cultures--dots in Aboriginal dream paintings,

    - times--fashion depicted in Early American paintings,

    - places--pyramids of Egypt

    •  Using digital media to view works of art
    Example: using a CD-ROM to view characteristics of works of art
    7.) Identify visual arts professions within a community.

    Examples: landscape architects, sculptors, interior designers, museum curators