Mr. Delahunt's

Sixth Grade Art Program



Lessons this year include:

  1. Further study of the "elements of art".
    See the ArtLex article on the elements of art.
  2. Further study of the "principles of design".
    See the ArtLex article on the principles of design.
  3. World art history.
  4. Ceramics. Students will make pottery using pinch, coil and slab construction methods, including a pot or sculpture which has architectural elements.
    Continued work on a
    potter's wheel. Our school has two potter's wheels, and every sixth grader works on those wheels once during an art class.
    See ArtLex articles on ceramics, pinch, coil, and slab construction; sculpture, miniature, and potter's wheel.
  5. Architectural history and design. Students will study buildings produced by many cultures. Having already been assigned to produce pottery which reads as architecture, students will then be challenged to act as architects, and produce a suite of drawings in order to design either a fast-food restaurant or a modest vacation home. The suite of drawings will include a bubble diagram, a floor plan, a front elevation, and a cross-section.
    See ArtLex articles on architecture, architects, bubble diagram, plan, elevation, cross-section, and model.



Here are links to pages about the program for other grades, and what we emphasize in each grade:

  • 1st & 2nd -- creativity with color, pattern, and large tools. Pinch pots. Visit our gallery of 1st graders' family-portraits.
  • 3rd -- landscapes, seeing near and far (creating an illusion of depth), self-portraits. Visit our gallery of 3rd grade students' self-portraits.
  • 4th -- Arizona's art heritage, realism and abstraction, game theory & maze design, drawing from a model, and first work on a potter's wheel
  • 5th -- surrealism, achieving a likeness, using an ever wider variety of media, and America's art heritage.


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