Art

sandra estes-bishop

Art Lead Teacher

Mrs. Sandra Estes-Bishop

Primary-Elementary Visual Art

The K-5 Visual Arts program serves as an introduction for the sequential development of the District’s Visual Arts curriculum. It is designed to provide a variety of opportunities for creative personal expression and student learning, and emphasizing the individual student’s accomplishments in a positive, cooperative, productive and creative learning environment. As students’ progress though their K-5 career, creative exploration of materials continues to be provided as well as new challenges appropriate to their developmental changes.

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Art Program Outcomes

Kindergarten

  • create art work in two- and three-dimensions explore a variety of techniques, tools and media to create art identify and use three Elements of Design (line, shape and color)
  • practice observation skills
  • begin to identify sequential steps to create art be introduced to artists, their works and lives
  • learn to describe personal art work and selected works by other artists
  • participate in a variety of art displays
  • begin to create art both independently and in cooperative groups

Grade 1

  • create art work in a personal style that expresses a selected theme
  • identify and use four Elements of Design (line, shape, color and texture)
  • be familiar with a variety of techniques, tools and media to create art
  • develop personal ideas for art
  • identify sequential steps to create art in two- and three-dimensions
  • learn about artists, their works and lives and create art in the style of a selected artist
  • describe and interpret personal art work and selected artist's works
  • participate in a variety of art displays
  • create art both independently and in cooperative groups

Grade 2

  • create two- and three-dimensional art work, integrating personal ideas and the appropriate application of media and techniques
  • identify and use five Elements of Design (line, shape, color, texture, space)
  • become aware of the Principles of Design (balance, unity, contrast, rhythm, emphasis, proportion) in creating art
  • expand personal ideas to create art in a variety of media begin to use art vocabulary
  • apply creative problem-solving to create art
  • learn about artists, their works and lives and create art as a personal interpretation of a selected artist's work
  • describe, interpret and analyze personal art work and selected work by other artists
  • participate in a variety of art displays
  • create art both independently and in cooperative groups

Grade 3

  • create art work, representing the development of personal ideas and integrating the appropriate application of media and techniques
  • integrate Elements of Design (line, shape, color, texture, space) in art work
  • create art in realistic, expressive and non-objective styles
  • identify Principles of Design (balance, unity, contrast, rhythm, emphasis, proportion) in art
  • apply creative problem-solving to create two- and three-dimensional art within project guidelines and use art vocabulary examine and describe art works by artists from different cultures
  • use key criteria to assess personal art work and selected artists' works
  • participate in a variety of art displays and demonstrate appropriate gallery behavior
  • create art both independently and in cooperative groups

Grade 4

  • create and assess art work integrating the Elements and Principles of Design (Elements: line, shape, color, texture, space. Principles: balance, unity, contrast, rhythm, emphasis, proportion)
  • utilize appropriate techniques and media to create art demonstrating the development of personal ideas routinely use creative problem-solving to create two- and three-dimensional art within project guidelines
  • create art in realistic, expressive and non-objective styles
  • create a graphic design and a realistic drawing of local architecture
  • compare and contrast selected artists' works and lives from various cultures and create a personal interpretative work
  • use key criteria to assess personal art work and selected artists' works
  • participate in a variety of art displays and demonstrate appropriate gallery behavior
  • create art both independently and in cooperative groups that expresses a selected theme

Grade 5

  • create and assess art work synthesizing the Elements and Principles of Design with application of media and the expression of personal ideas (Elements: line, shape, color, texture, space. Principles: balance, unity, contrast, rhythm, emphasis, proportion)
  • utilize creative problem-solving and select appropriate techniques and media to achieve a specific artistic effect in art work
  • create and classify art in realistic, expressive and non-objective styles
  • create cultural art from a personal interpretation and analysis of selected artists' works and lives from various cultures
  • assess personal art work and selected work by other artists, utilizing key criteria and distinguishing characteristics develop, participate and evaluate art presentation in a variety of displays
  • create art both independently and in cooperative groups that expresses a selected theme
  • complete the Grade 5 Benchmark (Artist's Study, Culture Project and Reflection and appraisal of personal K-5 Sketchbook)
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Middle School Visual Art

The Canandaigua Middle School’s Visual Arts program bridges the gap between the K-5’s foundational learning to the upper-level content offered at the Academy. Students continue the creative exploration of materials while developing artistic skill, utilizing technology and continuing to be exposed to a variety of art genres. Our curriculum is designed to provide a variety of opportunities for creative personal expression, engagement in skills of critical thinking and problem solving, and student learning, emphasizing the individual student’s accomplishments in a positive, productive and creative learning environment.

Art Program Outcomes and Offerings

Grade 6

6th Grade Art is a combination of 2D, 3D, and computer art. Students will plan and create a variety of art works from different mediums. This course is for half of the school year and meets every other day.

The Student will:

  • apply an understanding of the artistic planning and designing process when creating art in two- and three-dimensions
  • create art works exhibiting technical skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, computer graphics, design, architecture, fiber arts, and printmaking
  • explain contributions of artists, styles and cultures in creating and assessing art work
  • integrate the concepts of space and structure, movement and light, and color in creating art work
  • demonstrate respect for the diversity of ideas, art tools and media, and the art works of self and others
  • create and assess art work synthesizing Elements and Principles of Design and application of media and the expression of personal interpretations of themes
    (Elements: line, share, color, texture, space)
    (Principles: balance, unity, contrast, rhythm, emphasis, proportion)
  • assess two- and three-dimensional art work utilizing key criteria and distinguishing characteristics

Grade 7

  • The Student will have a continuation of the concepts learned in grade level 6.

7th Grade Art is the year when students participate in the creation of the Art Benchmark Test.

Students are given approximately 20 weeks to complete the Art Benchmark Test. This project is a comprehensive assessment in which students solve given problems using art skills learned throughout their K-7 art experiences. The Art Benchmark is comprised of an Art History Research Project, Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture for final assessment.


Grade 8

Elective Offerings:

Studio Art 2-D - Students will plan and create a variety of 2-D works of art from different mediums. Students will demonsrtate the ability to compare and contrast, analyze, and critique 2-D art with an understanding of art movements within the 19th and 20th centuries in correlation with world history. Projects, quizzes, a mid-term examination, and a final test are academic expectations. Students are accepted into this course based on past grades, teacher recommendations, and portfolio review. Students will receive high school credit for successful completion of this course. The course meets for the entire school year, every other day. Students must maintain an 85 average or above in this rigorous course to continue and participate in the 2nd semester.

Computer Art - Students will develop an understanding of the history, language, and concepts of computer art. Students will utilize a variety of software in exploring the computer as another medium in creating personal art. The course is a half-year course, meeting every other day.

8th Grade Sculpture - Students will fabricate a variety of 3-D works of art from different mediums. Students will demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast, analyze, and critique 3-D art with an understanding of art movements within the 20th century in correlation with world history. This course is a half-year course, meeting every other day.

8th Grade Art - The course is a combination of 2-D, 3-D, and computer art. Students will plan and create a variety of art works from different mediums. The course meets every other day for half the school year.

The Student will:

  • create art works, applying an understanding of the artistic planning and designing process and exhibiting technical skills when creating art in two- and three-dimensions
  • explain contributions of artists, styles and cultures in creating and assessing art work
  • integrate the concepts of space and structure, movement and light, and color in creating art work
  • demonstrate respect for the diversity of ideas, art tools and media, and the art works of self and others
  • create and assess art work synthesizing Elements and Principles of Design with application of media and the expression of personal interpretations of themes
    (Elements: line, shape, color, texture, space)
    (Principles: balance, unity, contrast, rhythm, emphasis, proportion)
  • assess two- and three-dimensional art work, utilizing key criteria and distinguishing characteristics
  • utilize creative problem solving and select appropriate techniques and media to achieve a specific artistic effect in art work
  • demonstrate mastery in completing the grade 8 benchmark with emphasis on expression, art history and appreciation, color, media, design, balance, illustration and creative problem solving through interpretative art work in drawing, painting, art history and 3D construction
High School Visual Art

The Canandaigua Academy’s Visual Arts Department is committed to providing creative learning experiences which develop artistic skills, advance technological abilities, and nurture expression, while fostering an appreciation and understanding of various aspects of art. Our curriculum is designed to provide a variety of opportunities for creative personal expression and student learning, emphasizing the individual student’s accomplishments in a positive, productive and creative learning environment. The program seeks to equip students with lifelong learning skills of critical thinking and problem solving, as well as to provide opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. Through these learning experiences, we foster students' personal development, work ethic and sense of responsibility.

Course Offerings

Grade 9

  • Studio in 2D* 1/2 unit
  • Studio in 3D* 1/2 unit
  • Media Literacy 1/2 unit
  • Media Arts 1/2 unit

*Studio in Art 2D & 3D are required for all VISUAL ARTS SEQUENCES and fulfill the ART/MUSIC requirement.


Grade 10

  • Jewelry I 1/2 unit
  • Jewelry II 1/2 unit
  • Ceramics I 1/2 unit
  • Ceramics II 1/2 unit
  • Drawing & Painting I 1/2 unit
  • Drawing & Painting II 1/2 unit
  • Television Production I 1 unit

Grades 11 & 12

  • Drawing & Painting III 1/2 unit
  • Drawing & Painting IV 1/2 unit
  • Computer Graphics 1/2 unit
  • Graphic Arts 1/2 unit
  • Independent Study 1/2 unit
  • AP Studio in Art 1/2 unit
  • Advertising & Design 1/2 unit
  • Sculpture 1/2 unit
  • CA-TV 3 units
  • Television Production II - BOCES

Art Program Outcomes

Artistic Thinking Processes

demonstrate the unique thinking processes used by the visual artist in creative problem solving:

  • expressive
  • inventive
  • critical
  • independent
  • intuitive

Media, Techiques and Processes

understand and apply various media, techniques and processes used in creating:

  • two dimensional art
  • three dimensional art
  • media arts

Work Ethic

demonstrate growth toward personal standards of excellence in craftsmanship, work ethic and artistic expression as a visual communicator.

Cooperative Social Skills

demonstrate cooperative social skills by working safely and respectfully in independent and collaborative art experiences.

Art History

articulate an understanding of various art works throughout history:

  • styles
  • movements
  • artists
  • art forms
  • architecture
  • sculpture
  • fine arts
  • crafts
  • graphic design
  • industrial design
  • commercial arts
  • the artist's and student's interpretations

Cultural Impact

understand, identify and be responsive to art as it reflects cultural differences and similarities.

Artistic Evaluation

demonstrate art criticism and aesthetic appreciation of artistic excellence through use of the artistic evaluation model:

  • description
  • analysis
  • interpretation
  • judgment
  • meaning