Grade 1 Visual Arts

Students in first grade continue to explore a wide variety of materials and processes. As they engage in the world of visual expression, students learn about artistic concepts such as color, shape, texture, contrast, form, and pattern. They draw, sculpt, paint, print, and combine materials to create two and three-dimensional artworks. Self-expression and connections between visual art, nature, daily life, other artists, and cultures are explored as students design and develop their artworks.

First grade artists create their own sketchbooks in which they draw from observation and their imagination. Art experiences include developing the techniques of productive thinking and creative problem solving, as well as manipulative and fine-motor abilities. As students become more accomplished, they explore increasingly challenging media and techniques and begin to refine their technical skills, develop visual perception, and strengthen sensory awareness.

Past first grade art projects include:

  • story collage inspired by Eric Carle
  • leaf printing
  • pillows: dyeing, sewing (by hand and machine), and stuffing
  • clay sun faces
  • monochromatic self-portraits
  • handmade paper