Visual Arts

Grade 1
  • Encourages personal expression and originality as well as skill development and craftsmanship while introducing students to new materials and concepts   
  • Learns about other artists, discusses and interprets works of art, and creates and assesses their own work
  • Builds on prior skills and develops vocabulary and visual awareness    Introduces the works of M.C. Escher as inspiration for imaginative “transformer” drawings
  • Presents the elements of design – line, shape, color, texture, pattern and symmetry.

Grade 2
  • Explores the work of other artists, discusses and interprets visual arts on a daily basis   
  • Celebrates the importance and value of student work Introduces students to The Atelier within The Nido that is used for multiple medias of artistic exploration   
  • Incorporates a small art studio in each classroom and prominently utilizes the elements of art and design throughout the curriculum.  

Grade 3
  • Expands creative efforts with the use of personal experiences, imagination and recall   
  • Draws depth with simple one-point perspective
  • Explores a variety of techniques and media in various combinations   
  • Learns to use correct proportions and details
  • Learns to make color choices and create tints, tones and shades
  • Learns to create 3-dimensional and kinetic art   
  • Understands the elements of space: foreground, middle ground, and background
  • Develops an appreciation for art history and aesthetics.
Grade 4
  • Applies basic elements and principles of design to artworks based on imagination and observation   
  • Draws basic shapes and changes them to 3-dimensional drawings and solid forms
  • Begins basic two-point linear perspective   
  • Focuses on sketching techniques
  • Uses colors and values to express a mood
  • Understands and respects originality and ownership of visual artworks of their own and others   
  • Attempts creative lettering styles
  • Develops a positive attitude toward viewing and appreciating other artworks.

Grade 5
  • Expresses imagination through more complex methods   
  • Begins to show a degree of craftsmanship
  • Demonstrates ability in design by variation in lines, shapes, color, sizes and textures   
  • Applies the basic design principles of balance, repetition, dominance, accent and unity
  • Explores sculpting methods
  • Draws two-point perspective with a variety of ground levels   
  • Works with complementary colors to create a mood
  • Produces simple, practical layouts
  • Studies artistic accomplishments of contemporary, historic and prehistoric cultures.
An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, toddler through grade 12

Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Birchwood School of Hawken, 4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 

Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Mastery School of Hawken, 11025 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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