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stARTing with ART Initiative

stARTing with ART Initiative

The stARTing with ART Initiative (formerly called smART Kid)s is a grant and participation funded program providing in-class room and on-site Art Center art education lessons and experiences for Quincy Area Students, Kindergarten – Third Grade.

Two art lessons are brought into the classroom, one in the fall semester and another in the spring semester. These lessons cover National Learning Standard for participating age groups, new vocabulary for students to improve understanding and communication of art, brief lesson and introduction to a famous artist or artistic style, materials to create their own project inspired by the lesson, and step-by-step guidance from our trained instructors to help build confidence for future creative expression.

Funding for the 2020-2021 smART Kids Art Program was provided by:
Tracy Family Foundation
Community Foundation
Gardner Denver. Education Fund through the Community Foundation
Samantha Otte Foundation of the Community Foundation

2020-2021 smART Kids Lesson

Andy Warhol – Pop-Art Prints

Grades: K-3rd
Duration: 45 min

Objective: Students will produce a colorful work of art utilizing a simple printmaking process to create repetition. 

National Learning Standard: VA:Cn10.1.K-3, VA:Cn11.1.K-3, VA:Cr1.1.K-3, VA:Cr2.1.K-3, VA:Cr2.2.K-3, VA:Cr3.1.K-3, VA:Re7.1.K-3, VA:Re7.2.K-3

Elements/ Principles of Art: Color and Process

Art History:  Andy Warhol (1928-1987)- An American artist and film maker famous for creating the Pop-Art movement. 

Vocabulary:  Pop-Art: an art movement that emerged in the United Kingdom and the United States during the mid- to late-1950s. The movement presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertisingcomic books and mundane mass-produced cultural objects.

Printmaking: an artistic process based on the principle of transferring images from a matrix onto another surface, most often paper.

Repetition:  the use of two or more like elements or forms within a composition. The systematic arrangement of a repeated shapes or forms creates pattern. Patterns create rhythm, the lyric or syncopated visual effect that helps carry the viewer, and the artist’s idea, throughout the work.

Art Kit Includes: 9”x12” white paper, scrap paper, foam printing matrix, ballpoint pen, markers


2020-2021 smART Kids Lesson

Joan Miro – Symbols, Shapes, and Space

Grades: K-3rd
Duration: 45 min

Objective: Students will be encouraged to layer and fill a page with many different shapes and images to create an abstract composition.

National Learning Standards: VA:Cn10.1.K-3, VA:Cn11.1.K-3, VA:Cr1.1.K-3, VA:Cr2.1.K-3, VA:Cr2.2.K-3, VA:Cr3.1.K-3, VA:Re7.1.K-3, VA:Re7.2.K-3

Elements/ Principles of Art: Line and Shape

Art History:  Joan Miro- A Spanish painter who lived from 1893-1983. Focused on surrealism to create abstracted, dream-like compositions. 

Vocabulary:  Surrealism: a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.

Abstract: art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.

Composition: the arrangement of elements within a work of art

Art Kit Includes: pencil, eraser, 18”x24” white paper, markers