5th Grade Art Class

In Fifth Grade Art Class, students are introduced to:

I. Art of the Renaissance

☻ The shift in world view from Medieval to Renaissance art, a new emphasis on humanity and the natural world

☻ The influence of Greek and Roman art on Renaissance artists (classical subject matter, idealization of human form, balance, and proportion)

☻ The development of linear perspective during the Italian Renaissance

The vantage point or point-of-view of the viewer

Convergence of lines toward a vanishing point, the horizon line

☻ Observe and discuss works in different genres–such as portrait, fresco, Madonna–by Italian Renaissance artists including:

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus

Leonardo DaVinci: The Proportions of Man, Mona Lisa, The Last Supper

Michelangelo, Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, especially the detail known as The Creation of Adam

Raphael: The Marriage of the Virgin, examples of his Madonnas (such as Madonna and Child with the Infant St. John, The Alba Madonna, or the Small Cowper Madonna)

☻ Become familiar with Renaissance sculpture, including:

Donatello, Saint George

Michelangelo, David

☻ Become familiar with Renaissance architecture, including:

The Florence Cathedral, dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi

St. Peter’s in Rome

☻ Observe and discuss paintings of the Northern Renaissance, including:

Pieter Bruegel’s Peasant Wedding

Albrecht Dürer’s Self-Portrait (such as from 1498 or 1500)

Jan van Eyck’s Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife (also known as Arnolfini Wedding)

II. American Art: 19th-Century United States

☻ Become familiar with Hudson River School of landscape painting, including:

Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow (The Connecticut River near Northampton) (also known as View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm)

Albert Bierstadt’s Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak

☻ Become familiar with genre paintings, including:

George Caleb Bingham’s Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

William Sidney Mount’s Eel Spearing at Setauket

☻ Become familiar with art related to the Civil War, including:

Civil War photography of Mathew Brady and his colleagues

The Shaw Memorial sculpture of Auguste Saint-Gaudens

☻ Become familiar with popular prints by Currier and Ives

III. Art of Japan

☻ Become familiar with:

The Great Buddha (also known as the Kamakura Buddha)

Landscape gardens