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Visual Arts


At Ascension, we believe that the Arts support and enrich our students' education.  We provide children of every age with opportunities to express themselves through a variety of mediums and techniques to help them discover their artistic talents and interests.

Kindergarten-Third Grade Art Techniques & Subjects

In grades Kindergarten through Third Grade the students focus on fine motor skills,  introducing a variety of art materials, and using inspiration from books, holidays, cultures, and famous artists. Here are some key art techniques and subjects used:

  • Line Drawings/Directed Line Instruction
  • Cutting and Pasting (lots of this!)
  • Primary and Secondary Colors (painting and/or collage
  • Free Expression
  • Watercolor Introduction (increases in difficulty with grade levels)
  • Form-based art (Ceramics)
  • Painted Paper (mixing paint and experimenting with textures)
  • Drawing/Rendering with Oil pastel, Crayon or Chalk
  • Creating Art with Shapes
  • Portraits (K and 1st)
  • Modern Artist and Art History (1st-3rd)

Fourth-Eighth Grade Art Techniques & Subjects

In grades Fourth through Eighth the students focus on deep meaning and experimentation in art subjects and materials.   For example, students will experiment with manipulating materials used to create art to further express their ideas and emotions. Some key art techniques and subjects used:

  • Drawing/Line Drawing Lessons with markers
  • Watercolor Techniques (resist, salt, lifting, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry)
  • Tempera Painting (mixing paints/tints and tones)
  • Paper Cutting and Collage
  • Form-Based lesson (ceramics)
  • Art History (Artist, Culture)
  • Oil Pastel Lesson
  • Chalk Pastel Lesson
  • Portraits (5th)
  • Ceramic Tile Mural (6th)
  • Modern Artists
  • Colored Pencils/charcoal