1st Grade Art Essentials Guide Quarter 2
Essential Question:

Skills and Content
Key Vocabulary
21st Century Skills
Important to Know and Do

In addition to the list below, students will also review and apply vocabulary from previous quarters and grade levels.


Create art that represents personal solutions to art problems utilizing the 5-step Creative Process.

Further develop fine motor skills through media manipulation, scissor control, and glue application.

Practice and apply proper painting procedures.
Understand the computer as an art medium and research tool.

Demonstrate proper use, care, storage, and clean-up of the tools, materials and equipment.

Practice safety in the art room.
S1: Understand and apply a variety of media, techniques, and processes.

Practice using light and dark values.

Mix primary colors to create secondary colors resulting in the introduction of the 6 hue color wheel.

Understand, identify and utlilize horizon line in artwork.

S2: Create art which reflects knowledge of the art elements and principles.
color wheel

horizon line


Use basic shapes to create the human figure.

Draw facial expressions to match appropriate emotions.

Create an artwork inspired by the work of Henri Matisse.

S3: Create art which explores a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.
facial expressions

Henri Matisse


Discover and recognize artwork from a variety of artists including Henri Matisse.

S4: Understand the visual arts in relation to history, cultures and their world today.

Students will apply prior knowledge gained from other curricular subjects in the creation of art.

S6: Make Connections between the visual arts and other art disciplines and curricular subjects.


Describe the portrayal of feelings and ideas in artwork.

Explain choices made in personal artwork.

Engage in collaborative experiences.

S7: Understand and use visual arts as a means for creative self-expression and interpersonal communication.

Name and identify primary and secondary color groups.

S2: Talk about art using knowledge of elements and principles of art.

Critically Think

Recognize and describe characteristics of successful artwork.

Participate in periodic self-evaluation and class critiques.

S5: Reflect upon and assess the characteristics of their work and the work of others.

Study a variety of artwork and discuss subject matter, symbols and ideas.

Students will clarify their own personal opinions and appreciate the opinions of others.

S3: Evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.