Art Is Fundamental

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Teaching the Elements and Principles of Art in Elementary School

Art is Fundamental can be used by teachers with extensive art training who must explain complicated concepts to first graders, or by teachers or home-schoolers with no such background who suddenly find they will be teaching art. Author and educator Eileen Prince has developed a comprehensive art curriculum that can be easily integrated into any teacher’s existing instruction. Her detailed lessons, developed and tested in classrooms over many years, build on one another in a logical progression and can easily be cross taught with math, science, or reading. With these lessons, anyone can teach the fundamental elements and principles of art such as line, texture, color, value, and balance.
Though written for elementary school teachers, these lessons can be easily condensed and adapted for middle or even high school students. Practical tips and strategies for classroom managements, displaying student artwork, developing student portfolios, and more are included in this invaluable resource.

From IPG Books... "This comprehensive art curriculum can easily be integrated into any teacher's existing instruction and provides thrilling and rewarding projects for elementary art students, including printmaking techniques, tessellations, watercolors, calligraphic lines, organic form sculptures, and value collages. Detailed lessons—developed and tested in classrooms over many years—build on one another in a logical progression and explore the elements of texture, color, shape, line, form, and value, and principles such as balance (formal, informal and radial,) unity, contrast, movement, distortion, emphasis, pattern and rhythm. Each lesson also represents an interdisciplinary approach that improves general vocabulary and supports science, math, social studies, and language arts. Though written for elementary school teachers, it can be easily condensed and adapted for middle or even high school students. A beautiful eight-page color insert demonstrates just how sophisticated young children's art can be when kids are given the opportunity to develop their skills."

ISBN 978-1-56976-216-5
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Student Comments

"My artwork has also helped me in history. The artwork from the time really shows you how different people felt about different things… you feel closer to the people of the time."
By Alyssa, student

"A good art program is an essential part of a school curriculum. From my art classes, I have learned many things, such as how to look at the world from different perspectives and unique ways to express myself."
By Ashley, student