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Art Instructional Guide

Grades K-2

Lyme’s visual arts program is designed to challenge students’ imagination, creativity, and intellect through a sequential and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Students experience drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, clay work, textiles, exposure to historical periods and different cultures, and art projects provide cognitive links to other curriculum disciplines. The art program follows the recommendations of the New Hampshire Curriculum Framework for the Arts and meets once a week.

In Kindergarten the art program emphasizes self-expression and exploratory activities in two and three dimensions.

First Graders have a dinosaur unit, a space and planets unit (two- and three- dimensional activities) and are introduced to Pablo Picasso and his Blue Period.

Second graders have units on animals, cities, climates, and Mexico (two- and three-dimensional activities) and are introduction to Henri Rousseau and his rain forest art.

Grades 3-5

Lyme’s visual arts program is designed to challenge students’ imagination, creativity, and intellect through a sequential and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Students experience drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, clay work, textiles, exposure to historical periods and different cultures, and art projects provide cognitive links to other curriculum disciplines. The art program follows the recommendations of the New Hampshire Curriculum Framework for the Arts and meets once a week.

Third graders have a Native Americans unit, animal reports (two or three dimensional activities), and are introduced to Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Impressionism.

Fourth graders have a unit on Ancient Greece with related two- and three-dimensional artwork. They are introduced to Andy Warhol and Pop Art, which relates to the fourth- grade food drive activity. They also have a Regions unit, in which they are introduced to regional artists with related art activities.

Fifth graders have a tall tale character unit with a related two- or three-dimensional activity and do projects related to their study of the Middle Ages with a related two-dimensional activity

Grades 6-8

Lyme’s visual arts program in grades 6–8 is designed to encourage development of students’ imagination and self-expression while teaching art concepts, problem solving, and creative solutions. Students develop more advanced techniques and processes in drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, and clay work. Exposure to history and culture occur throughout the year. The art program follows the recommendations of the New Hampshire Curriculum Framework for the Arts and meets once a week.

Sixth graders study the Renaissance period and artists and do a perspective unit.

Seventh graders create paper mola (art of Panama) and work on the T-shirt and poster design for the middle school play.

Eighth graders create plaster masks of Greek gods and goddesses, have a unit on surrealism, in which they create a two-dimensional activity; and they work on the T-shirt and poster design for the middle school play.