6th Grade

Welcome to 6th Grade art!

We will learn about several art movements this year and work with a variety of materials including wire, block prints, and clay. We  will also draw a city using two point perspective. If you click on the images below you will see an album of examples through google photos. Click on the browser's back button to return to this page.

Mrs. Silus

6th Abstract Expressionism


Abstract Expressionism is an art movement that started in America the 1940's.Within the art movement, there were different kinds of artists. The students  will learn about Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler. Both artists are action painters but their styles are very different. The students will create two small pieces that are based on an emotion. A successful piece will be unified in color and expression and have a clever title. The students should be able to discuss their work and explain their idea.

Fun Pollock website

Video about Pollock

6th Picasso Heads


Pablo Picasso created a huge body work. Much of it used the subject of people and faces. We will try his technique by creating out own "Picasso style" face.
Learning Objectives:

  • Draw a face with features showing the front view and side view
  • Use a thin and thick line to add interest
  • Use contrasting colors to highlight different areas of the face
  • Incorporate pattern in the design
Cubism on BrainPOP
6th Wire Sculpture


Alexander Calder created wonderful wire sculptures of circus animals and characters. We will look at his work and create our own wire person showing "A Moment in Time". The person will be constructed at school. There will be some materials available at school and then the project will be finished at home. We will display the wire sculptures at the Art and Imagination Fair.

Learning Objectives:

  • Create a person in proportion out of wire
  • Create a sclupture that shows a moment in time using found objects for props
  • Make a label for your work

6th Grade Figure Drawing


The figure drawing unit is typically 2-3 class periods. Students will look at body proportion and then try several techniques for drawing a figure. Students can take turns modeling for the class. A final project may or may not be finished. This is typically thought of as a skill building unit. Class participation is important.
Learning Objectives:

  • Creating a person that is six heads high
  • Gestural Drawing
  • Blind Contour
6th Block Prints


Block prints allow you to make a lot of art from one drawing! Students will create a design that wil be carved into softkut and printed onto paper. It's like making a stamp.
Learning Ojbectives:

  • Create a drawing that incorporates areas of black and wite
  • Change texture to show different parts of your design
  • Include a background
6th 2 Point Perspective


Pespective is a way for artists to create depth in a work of art. Students will use rulers and t-squares to create a city corner. We will work on this for about six classtimes. The students will learn how to create buildings, windows, rooftops and roads together and then design their own city. There is a checklist of minimal requirements and lots of choices of additional details.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to create a building using 2 pt perspective.
  • Understand how to use tools properly.
Chicago Architecture

World Expositions in Architecture

6th Expressive Horses


Franz Marc loved to use animals for inspiration. He didn't draw them as a photograph might show them-- he drew them using bright colors and interesting compositions. Students will draw horses expressively as they think about the energy of animals in the wild.

Examples of the work of Franz Marc

Learning Objectives

  • Use expressive color
  • Layer craypas for texture and interest
  • Create an interesting composition with visual movement.
6th Whales


Watercolor is a great medium for a variety of results. We will spend a day trying different techiques with watercolor and then create a whale painting.

Learning Objectives

  • Mix colors to show different values and shades of watercolor
  • Try techniques like gradiated wash, dry into wet, wet into wet and salt

The sixth grade students created toad houses using slab construction techniques.

Learning Obectives:

  • Create a 3-D sculpture using slabs.
  • Use materials propersly
  • Include details and texture.


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A knowledgeable sixth grade student:

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

                •  explores the media/technique of drawing, wire sculpture, block printing, watercolors, and pastels

                •  develops skills in using contour line and proportion

                •  understands and uses 2-point perspective

                •  understands and uses emphasis and contrast

                •  uses the principles of unity and balance

                •  identifies symbolism in a painting

©       Describes, analyzes, and evaluates works of art

                •  describes and analyzes images seen in art work

                •  reflects upon the nature of art and the artistic process (i.e. gather ideas, develop skills, plan/design, create, refine, critique)

                •  selects and uses a variety of subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning

                •  assesses the merits of his/her own work and the art work of others

©       Relates art to history, culture, and other disciplines

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

                •  identifies the context of specific works of art

                •  compares the characteristics of art works from various cultures/eras

                •  compares characteristics of the visual arts with ideas, themes, and issues in the humanities and sciences

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