This year's theme is "BY DESIGN". All students in grades 1 - 5 will study the Elements and Principles of ART. These are the basic building blocks of all art forms. We will take an in depth look at COLOR, LINE, MOVEMENT and PATTERN; just to name a few. Students will be introduced to a variety of artist's works and art forms which clearly demonstrate the use of these concepts. We'll study and talk about how people create art; how nature can be a work of art and that design, both simple and complex is all around us. All we need to do is open our eyes and we will see. Students will recognize and evaluate the works of several artists and discover what inspired them to create. We'll work in a variety of media and learn techniques for creating unique works of art. In addition to all that, I am challenging all students to take "more creative risks". To help them on their way we are reading The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It's a great story about taking an artistic risk, "making your mark" and exploring new ideas.