1st Grade

Welcome to First Grade Art!

I am excited to have your child in first grade art! In first grade we begin talking about the elements of design like line, shape, color, texture and pattern.  The students create a variety of projects from their imagination and real life. Read below to see examples. If you click on a image it will take you to an album of samples in picasaweb. Click the back arrow to return to this page.

                                                                                                                                           Mrs. Silus

1st Butterflies


 Students create a symmetrical butterfly using a chalk outline on colored paper.
First graders will have several samples of real butterflies for inspiration or they can create their own designs.

1st grade Wild Thing


First Graders have a great imagination! What if you could create your own creature? What would it look like? We read Maurice Sendak's book "Where the Wild Things Are" and then create our own Wild Thing.
The kids use texture and pattern to make their creature interesting and detailed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Use imagination to create something new
  • Use texture and pattern to add unique details
1st Grade Masks


First Grade students know what symmetrical means! After looking at masks from different cultures, they created a mask of their own.

Learning Ojbectives

  • Use symmetry to create a unique mask.
  • Use symmetrical colors and cover all the paper when you're coloring.
  • Create a background that highlights the mask.

Cultures Studied:Northwest Coast Native Americans

1st Fruit Bowls


Still life is a type of drawing that has been done since the renaissance. Students will look at samples from master artists and create their own fruit bowl still life. They are encouraged to draw big and fill up the bowl. We create a unique border by stamping the paper with actual fruits and vegetables.

Learning Objectives

  • Observational drawing
  • Use overlap in their composition
  • Use a horizontal line in the background to create a table and a wall.
1st Fruit Comes Alive


 What if the fruit in the bowl got up and danced? Students got to look at the fun drawings of Greg Brown and imagine their fruit coming alive and doing all kinds of things.

Learning Objectives

  • Add arms and legs to a fruit or a vegetable to make it come alive
  • Include a background and details so that we can tell where the fruit is and what it is doing.
1st Portrait


First Graders love to draw people. We will do a slow careful drawing of a face and learn about proportion. It might be a self portrait, a portrait of their friend or a picture of a model (Someone I like to call "The Fancy Lady")

Learning Objectives

  • Begin understanding facial proportion
  • Draw realistically
  • Add detail
1st Community


Look at the world around you! We can be inspired to create art about buildings. First graders will spend several classes drawing buildings. We will start with where we live and then look at buildings around town. We will end the unit by creating a huge mural of our community.

Learning Objectives

  • Notice that buildings are made up of simple shapes
  • Add detail to our drawings and paper cut outs
1st Grade Japan Unit


First Grade studies Japan in their classrooms and we create art to go along with their learning. The first graders will learn special techniques to create japanese flowers, draw a dragon (a symbol for spring in Japan) and create a folding screen that highlights the seasons.

Learn to Draw a Chinese Dragon

Hopi Pot

1st Grade Hopi Pots


The studetns learn about the Hopi Culture and symbols and then draw the symbols on their pinch pot.

A knowledgeable first grade student:

       ©       Demonstrates skills using materials, techniques, and visual art concepts

                •  explores the media/techniques of clay, weaving, drawing, painting, print making, and murals

                •  knows basic (primary) colors

                •  uses primary colors to mix secondary colors

                •  knows transparent colors change when applied over other colors

                •  understands that texture can be felt and seen

                •  understands and uses pattern and repetition

       ©       Describes works of art

                •  describes images seen in art work

                •  looks for the main idea and meaning in art works

                •  understands that art is made by people for different purposes

                •  understands that artists get their ideas from many sources

           ©    Relates art to history, culture, and other disciplines

                •  expresses perceptions and feelings about his/her everyday life and environment

                •  understands that artists sometimes use symbols to show meaning

                •  identifies art works from other cultures

                •  understands that art works are kept in museums

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