•                                                              Welcome

    Welcome to art with Mrs. Pasternack.  In kindergarten, your child will be introduced to many different art concepts. In first grade, your child will continue to explore basic elements of art through two and three-dimensional projects. They will draw, paint, and create sculptures. Your child will learn about lines, shapes, patterns, textures, and forms. They will draw with a variety of materials, such as pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and chalk. Children will use different types of paint, such as tempera, water color, and acrylics. They will create sculptures with different kinds of clay, and work on patterns and textures.
    Your child will continue to learn vocabulary words associated with art. They will engage in conversations about art with their peers. They will study and explore art from different historical periods and understand how to modify it and apply it to their own art work. Your child will learn how to critique artwork: that of famous artists, as well as their own. They will learn to reflect on their own work and that of their peers.

    Your child will work at his/her own pace.  In my classroom, students will learn to follow simple directions. They will create artwork based on a book or an artist we may be studying. Your child will not be shown a sample, but instead be given suggestions on how to create their project.  Children will be encouraged to try things on their own: to think outside the box. They will be given the opportunity to create something in their own way.  Your child will find out that process is much more important than the finished product.

    Children will be motivated because I will incorporate things they tell me they like into our lessons. I want students to know in my classroom that their opinions matter. I want them to come to my classroom excited to be spending 45 minutes a week doing something fun; creating, enjoying, and knowing that whatever they do, it’s all right.  They will learn that they need to sometimes work together to solve problems.

    By the end of the school year, students in my class will have done all these things: Study artists and history, read and analyze books, hold a pencil (or crayon/marker/craypa), draw pictures, work with clay, use a paintbrush correctly, paint, cut with scissors, use glue, evaluate their own work, the work of famous artists, the work of their peers, follow directions, and solve problems. All of this will help them become well-rounded individuals.
    They will then continue their love and learning of art when they reach second grade with Mrs. Durante.