•  Many wonder just what it is that students are 'learning' in art. There are standards issued by each state for each subject matter, including art.  These standards are known as TEKS, which stands for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. All of our learning is geared towards growing a students skills and helping them to meet these standards.

    Follow this link to see the offical TEKS for First Grade Art : http://www.cedfa.org/new-teks-2015/art-teks/grade-1-art/

     My First Grade Curricular Expectations-


    • Crayons and Markers
    • Paint: Tempera and watercolor (direct painting and a wash)
    • Collage materials
    • Clay/Ceramic
    • Pastels (oil and chalk)
    • Recycled materials (art from everywhere/everything)


           Art Knowledge and Terminology-

    • Identify and name : form, line, emphasis, shapes, and colors ( both primary and secondary). 
    • Explain how to mix secondary colors from primary.
    • Identify or demonstrate landscape, portrait, and still life.
    • Explain or show symmetry, pattern, texture, overlap, and background.
    • Describe what an artist is.
    • Explain how people can use art.

           Drawing Skills/Creativity-

    • Draw a simple body with arms, legs, head, and torso that has form(not stick figure) and clothing.
    • Draw a face that includes all parts with color for hair and eyes with initial indications of correct placement.
    • Draw a composition that fills the page.
    • Demonstrate basic value changes in drawing using pressure and texture.
    • Create an abstract work of art using line and shape.
    • Create an artwork that illustrates a story or life event.

           Manipulative/ Management skills -

    • Use scissors safely
    • Use both glue sticks and glue bottles correctly.
    • Use paints and brushes correctly, sharing paint containers with others.
    • Grip a pencil or crayon correctly.
    • Cut a shape out of paper and fabric without frustration.
    • Clean up materials with minimal assistance.
    • Explain the Art Room Rules.
    • Appropriately lable artwork with name, day, and grade.

           Art Talk/ History-

    • Describe what they see in a work of art and why they think the artist worked a certain way.
    • Describe and explain their own artwork.
    • Express an opinion about a work of art- like or don't like and why.
    • Identify similarities and differences between two artworks.