5th Grade Art Curriculum


Four basic strands--perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Students rely on their perceptions of the environment, developed through increasing visual awareness and sensitivity to surroundings, memory, imagination, and life experiences, as a source for creating artworks. They express their thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and problem-solving skills.

By analyzing artistic styles and historical periods students develop respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures. Students respond to and analyze artworks, thus contributing to the development of lifelong skills of making informed judgments and evaluations.

Perception. The student develops and organizes ideas from the environment. The student is expected to:

  • communicate ideas about feelings, self, family, school, and community, using sensory knowledge and life experiences
  • Identify in artworks that color, texture, form, line, space, and value and art elements and that principles such as emphasis, pattern, rhythm, balance, proportion, and unity serve as organizers

Creative expression/performance. The student expresses ideas through original artworks, using a variety of media with appropriate skill. The student is expected to:

  • combine information from direct observation, experience, and imagination to express ideas about self, family, and community
  • compare relationships between design everyday life
  • create original artworks and explore photographic imagery, using a variety of art and media appropriately

Historical/cultural heritage. The student demonstrates an understanding of art history and culture as records of human achievement. The student is expected to:

  • compare artworks from several national periods, identifying similarities and differences
  • compare cultural themes honoring history and traditions in American and other artworks
  • identify the use of art skills in a variety of jobs

Response/evaluation. The student makes informed judgments about personal artworks and the artworks of others. The student is expected to:

  • analyze personal artworks to interpret meaning
  • analyze original artworks, portfolios, and exhibitions by peers and others to form conclusions about properties

19 TAC, Title 19, Part II
Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills for Art
Chapter ยง117.17. (5th Grade)
Subchapter A. Elementary

To view 5th grade Art Curriculum,
click here.

Copyright 2010 Curriculum & Instruction Department Login