Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Curriculum Overview for 2015-2016

Welcome to the Art Room!!!

We are excited to begin another year filled with fun, creativity, a lot of art production!

About Mrs. Teitsma:  I graduated in 2001 from Calvin College and have been teaching elementary art since 2003.  I enjoy spending time with my husband and three sons, digital scrapbooking, photography, fishing and gardening.  

About Mrs. Worden:  I graduated in 2001 from Hope College and this will be my 13th year teaching elementary art.  A few of my favorite things include family time with my husband and twin daughters, scrapbooking, painting, playing the piano, and biking.


We will be beginning our school year with our annual school wide collaborative project which is titled “Jamestown Elementary: Reaching unique growth potential” With it, we will be starting the year off with a review of the art elements of line, shape, color, form, texture, value, and space. Throughout the year, many projects will be focused on giving children experiences with each of the above art elements. Upper grade levels also focus on art principles such as pattern, movement, balance, emphasis, unity, and movement. 

After this, each grade level will work on our annual rotating cultural month. This year’s focus is Asian Art. Each grade focuses on a different aspect of the culture’s art so that all students can be exposed to a variety of styles and concepts from that culture as they observe each other’s art displayed in our hallways. 

Art history is also a large component of our curriculum. Each grade level focuses on learning about the lives and work of historical as well as some contemporary artists. This year, each grade will be learning about the following artists: 

Kindergarten: Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Eric Carle, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Jim Dine
1st Grade: Gustav Klimt, Norman Rockwell, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali
2nd Grade: Henri Matisse, Faith Ringgold, Joan Miro, Henri Rousseau, Dr. Seuss, Vincent Van Gogh, Tom Otterness, 
3rd Grade: Frida Kahlo, Leonardo DaVinci, Jackson Pollock, Jim Dine, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, George Rodrigue
4th Grade: Diego Rivera, Heather Galler, Wassilly Kandinsky, Edgar Degas, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt
5th Grade: Chuck Close, Diego Rivera, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein, Georga O’Keeffe, Friedrich Hundertwasser

We also keep our curriculum lively by incorporating inspiration from literature and art careers for our art. Many of our projects are inspired from picture books, especially with our younger students. Also, all grades have projects that connect to art career choices such as: Graphic Design, Architecture, Fine Art, Art Education, Fashion Design, Entertainment Design, Photography, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Art Museum Director. 

Finally we try to have each grade level have experience a variety of materials and genres. Some genre choices include: portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, cartoons, realism, abstraction, and figure drawing. 

Classroom Expectations:
In art we have three main expectations for all students:
  1. Listening
  2. Respect
  3. Work Quietly

Contact Information:
Mrs. Teitsma: or 896-9375 x14405
Mrs. Worden: or 896-9375 x14405


  1. Love how you ladies organize and decorate your art room. I'm an art teacher myself, in NYC. I'm curious of how you decide which artists each grade learn about? Do you change them every year? If so, how do you keep the grades from repeat learning the same artists? How in depth do you go into learning about the artists and their art? Thanks! =)

  2. Hi Yali! As an art team across the district, we decide on a few artists per grade level. Sometimes from year to year we revise it but for the most part it stays the same. Then we add artists to it depending on our own interests. If we repeat an artist, great! THen we just go into more depth on that artist's work and life. The depth we go to depends on the maturity level of the class. Enough to spark their curiosity and passion, not so much as to bore them. :) Find some good children's books, create some great slide shows, and bring out your acting skills to make those artists come to life! :) Have fun!

  3. How we choose our artists? We try to choose artists that they need to know to understand pop culture and key artists in history. Ex. Leonardo Da Vinci's mona lisa, Monet, Van Gogh etc. Then add in female artists, contemporary artists, artists using different genres and subject matter, etc. so that they have a wide experience base. I hope that helps!

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