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.
- Be able to question and identify a a creative art or design problem and brainstorm multiple approaches to it.
- Be able to collaborate with peers and manage communal art materials and space.
- Be comfortable with peer discussion and group goals, and be able to create and adjust artwork that reflects shared interests of the team.
- Be self-motivated to explore and experiment art-making techniques and approaches.
- Be able to safely use art-making tools and materials and operate art studio equipments.
- Collect and document materials for art projects, describe basic working process and present artwork with a statement.
- Have a basic understanding of the process of digital art-making.
- Be able to use introductory level image editing programs.
- Understand and analyze the presentation of artwork, nature of the materials of the artwork, relationship between the artwork and its site/space.
- Compare and contrast purposes of art museums, art galleries, and other venues, as well as they types of personal experiences they provide.
- Be able to discover and reflect on the differences among painting media.
- Analyze components in visual imagery that convey messages.
- Interpret art by referring to contextual information and analyzing relevant subject matter, characteristics of form, and use of media.
- Explore methods of seeing and interpreting works of art.
- Create works of art that reflect community cultural traditions and social events.