Visual Arts - Stephanie Luzny and Erin West
All K-6 students take visual arts at Riverview. 7th and 8th grade students may elect to take classes in the arts.
Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Art
Cycle 1 art classes focus on building art fundamentals for our youngest artists. K-2 students are introduced to the art elements of line, shape, color, texture, and space and learn art vocabulary to help them describe these elements in the art they encounter. Students create two-dimensional artworks in various dry and wet media, and use clay and paper to create three-dimensional artworks. Students are introduced to art and artists from the dawn of civilization to contemporary art, and learn that art is a language used to communicate ideas that cross distance and time. Students learn to read the artworks of others through the art they create and learn to communicate about themeslves through their own art.
Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Art
Cycle 2 art classes focus on further developing the art concepts and skills introduced in the cycle 1 classes. 3rd - 5th grade art students hone their art skills by learning to draw from observation, building on their knowledge of the art elements of line, shape, value, and texture. They investigate the element of color through explorations in color theory and color mixing. These students develop their understanding of the element of space through the creation of sculptures in wire, cardboard, paper and found materials, and contintue to investigate art and artists from around the world and from their own backyard.
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Art
Cycle 3 art classes shift their focus from building art skills to developing an understanding of the creative process. Armed with a firm grasp of art concepts and techniques, students begin to explore what it means to be an artist. Students investigate various possibilities and generate original solutions to each art problem. They are encouraged to select the media and techniques that will help them best communicate their artistic ideas, and spend more time reflecting on art processes and products. These practices prepare students to be independent artists in their final years of middle school and beyond. Most 6th grade students are enrolled in visual art and 7th and 8th grade students may elect to take Studio Art or Media Art.