At the International Academy of New York, our Visual Arts classes are conducted in Spanish or Mandarin, and students are exposed to representative pieces, materials, and techniques from Chinese art and arts from Spanish- speaking regions. Our curriculum is inspired by the National Core Arts Standards.
At the end of each grade, we expect students to:
- Engage in self-directed play with materials and creative making.
- Use a variety of art-making tools to communicate a narrative about a space or object.
- Identify motivations for presenting objects, artifacts, and artworks.
- Recognize art in their everyday environment.
- Distinguish between images and real objects.
- Gain confidence in their interpretation of art by identifying and describing familiar subject matter.
- Tell stories about their life experiences via visual art, illuminating them to identify and interpret the possible purposes of an artwork.
- Explore and creatively play with materials, tools, and equipment.
- Develop skill in a variety of media.
- Develop abilities to create and communicate through art that represents natural and constructed environments.
- Continue their collaborative exploration and imaginative play with materials, tools, and equipment while creating art.
- Discover methods of observation and investigation in preparation for making an art project, design, and response to a work of art.
- Confidently select a favorite artwork.
- Describe times, spaces, and possible meanings with art vocabulary.
- Identify the subject matters and characteristics of forms.
- Demonstrate their understanding that artworks were created with various historical, geographical, and temporal reasons.
- Demonstrate their interest in connecting art with their everyday experience through drawings, diagrams, sculptures, or other visual means.
- Continue to demonstrate interest in creating artworks about events from their personal life with various materials and tools.
- Be curious about cultural uses of artworks from various spatial and temporal contexts.
- Explore personal interests and questions.
- Collaboratively brainstorm multiple approaches to an art or design problem.
- Elaborate on an imaginative idea or an observation of immediate surroundings.
- Be confident in using a variety of artistic processes and apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art-making process.
- Work collaboratively on and present a large-scale work of art.
- Investigate and discuss basic ideas of curating and exhibiting artwork.
- Identify and explain how and where different cultures record and illustrate stories and history of life through art.
- Speculate about processes an artist uses to create a work of art.
- Read basic messages of visual language and interpret art by analyzing the use of media to create subject matter, characteristics of form, and mood.
- Evaluate an artwork based on given criteria.
- Recognize that responses to art change depending on knowledge of the time and place in which it was made.