1st Grade Art Class Introduction

In First Grade Art Class, students are introduced to:

I. Art From Long Ago

☻ Look at and discuss

     Cave Paintings

     Art of Ancient Egypt

          Great Sphinx

          Mummy cases: Tutankhamen’s coffin

          Bust of Queen Nefertiti

II. Elements of Art (line, shape, form, space, light, texture, and color). We will review the warm and cool colors we discussed in kindergarten. We will focus on the following:


☻Know that red, yellow, and blue are “primary colors,” and that:

blue + yellow = green

blue + red = purple

red + yellow = orange

☻Observe the use of color in:

Claude Monet’s Tulips in Holland

James A. McNeill Whistler’s Arrangement in Black and Gray (also known as Whistler’s Mother)

Diego Rivera’s Piñata


☻Students will identify and use different types of lines: straight, zigzag, curved, wavy, spiral, thick, and thin.
☻Students will observe different kinds of lines in:

Jacob Lawrence’s Parade

Henri Matisse’s The Swan

one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Shell paintings


☻Recognize basic geometric shapes–square, rectangle, triangle, circle, oval–in nature, man-made objects, and artworks, including:

Jacob Lawrence’s Parade

Grant Wood’s Stone City, Iowa


☻Describe qualities of texture (as, for example, rough, smooth, bumpy, scratchy, slippery, etc.) in:

Native American baskets (such as a pomo basket)

Edgar Degas’s Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer (also known as Dressed Ballet Dancer)

Albrecht Dürer’s Young Hare

III. Kinds of Pictures: Portrait and Still Life – We will discuss paintings, genres, techniques

☻Recognize as a portrait or self-portrait:

Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa

Francisco Goya’s  Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga

Vincent Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait [1889]
☻Recognize as a still life:

Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises

Paul Cézanne’s studies with fruit, such as Apples and Oranges
☻Recognize as a mural (a painting on a wall):

Diego Rivera’s The History of Medicine in Mexico