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Art instruction for all grades will encompass major art mediums including drawing, painting, clay, printmaking, and sculpture.


      - Students will be looking at art to learn about famous artists.


 - Students will be talking about art to discuss ideas, and reflect

   upon meanings, feelings, and mood.


      - Students will be making art to create visual images that show

        expression and creativity.


In addition, and in a progressive manner, children learn about art elements (line, shape, color, form, value, texture, and space) and art principles  (pattern, balance, emphasis, harmony, variety, movement, and proportion) as well as an art timeline through history.


Art lessons often incorporate other disciplines including math, reading, social studies, science, and music.

The MCPS Visual Arts Curriculum is a part of the MCPS Curriculum 2.0 which integrates all subject areas through the use of critical and creative thinking skills. These skills are used to foster a rigorous learning environment to better prepare students for the 21st century. The curriculum renews focus on the whole child and nurtures skills that build confidence and success.

By blending the arts, information literacy, science, social studies, and physical education, students will receive robust, engaging instruction across all subject areas. Thus, a strong foundation is built at the elementary level, developing essential skills for success in college and the workplace.

The MCPS Curriculum 2.0 is marketed by the global education and textbook company, Pearson, under the Montgomery County Public Schools brand. The K-5 material and curriculum called “Pearson Forward” has been designed to meet the challenging demands of new education standards is sold nationally.