• Riverdale Grade School’s visual arts curriculum provides an introduction to a wide range of key art concepts, providing time to develop skills, understand materials and create. In addition to students taking art classes from a full-time art teacher throughout the week, classroom teachers use art as a tool to reinforce understanding of other subject areas.  

    Our students’ art studies are reflective of the national art standards’ three core concepts: creating, responding and presenting. Often, art projects will focus on one or more of these areas at a time: 

    • Skill building – learning to use tools and mediums appropriately and skillfully
    • Art history – learning about artists and art movements, and creating artwork inspired by those ideas and styles
    • Core connected – creating art connected to the concepts students are learning about in core classes such as science, social studies, language arts and math


    Here is an overview of some of the concepts explored by grade level:

    • Kindergarten Art (once a week) – shapes and colors, medium experimentation, care for and proper use of tools, representing ideas visually and hand/eye control 
    • 1st Grade Art (three times in each two-week period) – geometric and organic shapes, abstract expressionism, Dada, art based in nature, care for and proper use of tools, representing ideas visually and continued hand/eye control
    • 2nd Grade Art (three times in each two-week period) – art styles such as Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism and Northwest Native Americans; how to tell a story visually, visual poetry, art based in nature, and continued care for and proper use of tools
    • 3rd Grade Art (twice a week) – contour, line and shape; art styles such as American realism and Modernism, Fauvism and Post Impressionism; controlling new mediums; and proportion and scale
    • 4th grade Art (twice a week) – art styles such as Abstraction, Pop Art and Impressionism; line, texture and pattern; and Lewis and Clark and Oregon's first people 
    • 5th Grade Art (twice a week) – art styles such as Contemporary and Cubism, storytelling through art, propaganda, perspective, printmaking and slab building 
    • 6th Grade Art (twice a week) – contours and shading, conceptual art, an art research project, atmospheric perspective, relief pottery and sewing 
    • 7th/8th Grade Art (choice of electives, two to three times per week) – drawing and painting inspired by Spanish, American, Modern and Contemporary art and artists; multimedia art and sculpture; functional and sculptural pottery; stop motion animation; music video making; yearbook; digital photography; and murals