Kindergarten and First Grade Papa Hana No‘eau

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Ua lehulehu a manomano ka ‘ikena a ka Hawai‘i-Great and numerous is the knowledge of the Hawaiians. We create, share and apply knowledge in purposeful and relevant ways.

The visual arts are basic to individual development and expression. Students learn that they can communicate feelings, ideas, and emotions through drawing, painting, and sculpture. They explore new techniques and new materials. They are encouraged to problem-solve, to reflect, and to be responsible for their learning.

Activities in kindergarten and first grade provide opportunities for students to observe the world in a different context. Using new vocabulary of line, shape, color, and texture, students study, draw, and paint their ‘ohana and the environment around them.

Students are given opportunities to explore, to take risks, and to try new materials and ideas. They use round and flat brushes, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, tempera and watercolor paints. They sculpt with clay and weave with leaves from Hawaiian plants.

An art sketchbook and journal is started in kindergarten and continued through the third grade. Students are encouraged to brainstorm, to plan, to reflect, and to revise.

Everyone is an artist and can experience the creative process. Art at home is a unique gift. A family art program provides quality time to create together, to share common experiences, to express ideas and feelings to support each other. Avoid any negative experiences. Instead, encourage originality, flexibility, and experimentation.

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Lines – The Beginnings

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Kindergarten—The Beginning 

What does it mean to be an artist? Kindergarten students found out as they explored elements of art design and expressed their ideas. Using tempera paint and a palette, they created patterns and designs with straight and curved lines.

We explored fat, skinny, diagonal, horizontal, vertical, and curved lines.

We began with primary colors, yellow – melemele, red – ‘ula’ula , and blue – pōlu.

We poured tempera paint from the bottle. We used a palette to hold and mix paint. We used one flat brush to make many different kinds of brush strokes.

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Second and Third Grade Papa Hana No‘eau

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Ua lehulehu a manomano ka ‘ikena a ka Hawai‘i-Great and numerous is the knowledge of the Hawaiians. We create, share and apply knowledge in purposeful and relevant ways.

The visual arts are basic to individual development and expression. Students learn that they can communicate feelings, ideas, and emotions through drawing, painting, and sculpture. They explore new techniques and new materials. They are encouraged to problem-solve, to reflect, and to be responsible for their learning.

Activities in second and third grade are more complex and build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in kindergarten and first grade. Student work reflects a higher level of problem-solving, creative thinking, and application of art elements and principles.

Second and third graders have an increased awareness of sense of place. They observe their environment in new ways, study significant cultural sites and where they live. Students reflect on this learning and integrate it into original art forms such as masks, drawings and paintings of a special place.

Journal entries started in kindergarten reflect greater meaning, detail and thought.

Everyone is an artist and can experience the creative process. Art at home is a unique gift. A family art program provides quality time to create together, to share common experiences, to express ideas and feelings to support each other. Avoid any negative experiences. Instead, encourage originality, flexibility, and experimentation.

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Kindergarten and Grade 1 Art

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The goal of the elementary art program is to develop the belief that each child can be an artist, can experience the creative process, and is a life-long learner. The arts are basic to individual development. Students learn to communicate their feelings, ideas, and emotions through the visual arts, a form of non-verbal expression.

Activities in kindergarten and first grade art provide opportunities for students to observe, draw, paint, work with clay, weave, and explore mixed-media. They are encouraged to use new tools, to problem-solve, to reflect, and to be responsible for their learning. The program is developmental and sequential.

It is important that students have opportunities to explore, to take risks, and to try new ideas and materials. As students learn skills and processes, they are given projects to apply new ideas creatively and to express feelings through the visual arts.

Creative and critical thinking is developed. Students are provided opportunities to brainstorm, to plan, to assess their own work and to revise. A student journal is begun in kindergarten and continued through the third grade. This journal is used for exploring new ideas, summarizing main ideas, planning, and reflecting on their experiences through drawing and writing.

Art is for everyone. Art at home is a unique gift. A family art program provides quality time to create together, to share common experiences, to express ideas and feelings which support each other. Avoid any negative experience. Encourage originality, flexibility, and experimentation

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