My Kindergarten art classes are mainly focused on developing motor skills, sharing ideas and making connections to science and nature. Class discussions include topics such as: 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional shapes, patterns, overlapping, animals, habitats, portrait drawing, parts of the face, and parts of the body. I use photographs of real animals and works of art to enhance these discussions and the students get to share what they know about the world around them.
The academic goals for my Kindergarten Art classes evolve throughout the school year. At the beginning of the year, the focus is more on basic skills such as: being able to name and draw certain shapes, following directions, class procedures, motor skills, and time management. I grade them very easily the first few months of school because I take into consideration that this may be their first Art class and they are still getting used to school procedures.
As the year progresses, students are graded harder on these criteria as they mature and approach 1st Grade. In addition, they are expected to work on coloring neatly inside the lines, filling in all the white spots, and checking their work when they are finished. Each project builds upon previous skills and students are expected to show improvement on each piece of art. They are also expected to recall art vocabulary words such as the names of 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional shapes that we are studying. This slideshow shows a sampling of Kindergarten artwork from throughout the school year.