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Student Art

The visual arts at North Lake School teach all students important 21st Century thinking skills while meeting national and state visual arts standards.  We focus on specific knowledge, communication, and thinking skills related to the field of visual art while building critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication for the 21st Century learner.


National Visual Arts Standards

(Grades K-4)

1. Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes. Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

2. Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas. Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses. Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas.

3. Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art.
Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

4. Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures. Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places. Students demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying works of art.

5. Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art. Students describe how people’s experiences influence the development of specific artworks. Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks.

6. Students understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines. Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.

(Grades 5-8)

1. Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices. Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

2. Students generalize about the effects of visual structures and functions and reflect upon these effects in their own work. Students employ organizational structures and analyze what makes them effective or not effective in the communication of ideas. Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas.

3. Students integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks. Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

4. Students know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures. Students describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts. Students analyze, describe, and demonstrate how factors of time and place (such as climate, resources, ideas, and technology) influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art.

5. Students compare multiple purposes for creating works of art. Students analyze contemporary and historic meanings in specific artworks through cultural and aesthetic inquiry. Students describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks from various eras and cultures.

6. Students compare the characteristics of works in two or more art forms that share similar subject matter, historical periods, or cultural context. Students describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts.

K-4th Grade Program

Kindergarten through fourth grade students work with a wide variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media including drawing, painting, print-making, ceramics, and sculptural materials. North Lake art focuses on rich sensory experiences with cross-curricular connections. Art classes provide unique experiences for students to express individual, imaginative, and unique point of views while learning important visual and thinking skills necessary for the 21st Century.

Grades 5-8 Program

Fifth through eighth grade students work in a wide variety of two and three-dimensional media with the inclusion of technology as a digital media. North Lake art focuses on unique expression allowing for individual reflection and evaluation in an accepting environment. Art lessons sustain strong visual art and 21st Century skills while making cross-curricular connections. Art students at North Lake are provided with unique challenges that foster self-awareness and connection to the world around them.

Community Connections

Every year, North Lake art students participate in the Empty Bowls Project and fundraise for a charity of the students’ choice. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. North Lake students sell the bowls at our annual Fine Arts Night in March. Please attend this event, enjoy the beautiful bowls, and help feed people in need.
Last year, the charity of choice was Growing Power, a non-profit and urban agriculture and aquaponics center in Milwaukee. It educates about organic farming and aquaponics. It provides healthy food in an area that is considered a food desert.



Mrs. Lyons

Art Teacher
BFA, UW-Milwaukee
Ext. 207 Google Site