Visual Arts

Ms. Carlson-Brazil

Greenwood is lucky to have a full-time Art teacher, Linda Carlson-Brazil. Students enjoy two to three Art classes each week. The goal in Art is to challenge children and expand learning using a variety of materials, supplies, exposure to artists and connections with literacy, science and math. Students learn how to edit, critique and self evaluate their art.

Design Elements and Principles

The curriculum in the Art room focuses on the elements and principles of design. The students learn how to recognize and use each.

Elements of Design

LINE: Type-direction and quality-appearance

SHAPE: Organic and free form and geometric

COLOR: Primary, secondary, analogous, complementary, cool, warm and monochromatic

VALUE: Tints and shades, light and dark

FORM: 3-D having length, width and height, viewed from many sides

TEXTURE: Actual/implied, stippling/hatching, scribbling/broken lines

SPACE: Foreground, background, middle ground, horizon line, positive/occupied, negative, overlapping

Principles of Organization

BALANCE: Asymmetrical, symmetrical, radial

CONTRAST: Smooth/rough, heavy/light, thick/thin

EMPHASIS: Importance given to certain objects or areas

MOVEMENT: Draws viewer’s eye through an artwork

PATTERN: Repetition and organized

RHYTHM: Repeated elements to create movement, alternating, random, regular

UNITY: Combination of elements to create wholeness pulls together

Featured Artists

Some of the artists the students explore include:

Eric Carle


Jan Brett

Van Gogh



Laurel Burch


Visual Art Report Card

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