Kindergarten to 5th Grade
New Connections art program is the result of years of collaboration between teachers and professional artists. This innovative curriculum blends educational topics with artistic concepts and techniques, making for a well-rounded and engaging program for students in kindergarten through 5th grade.
Colorful workbooks and instructional videos help students receive the most out of their creative arts experience, and individually-packaged art supplies allow teachers and students to reach outstanding performance within a limited time frame.
By the end of this curriculum, both students and teachers will feel inspired and empowered to keep creativity a part of their everyday learning experience.
Each grade consists of 5 units, united by a specific social studies theme
Kindergarten — Animals of the World
Through stories told by children from different countries, Kindergarteners are invited to discover amazing animals from around the world. Students will learn interesting facts about the animals and about the cultures of the countries where they live. Art projects are colorful and engaging, with a focus on refining motor skills using scissors, glue, various paints, exploring oil pastels, and more.
1st Grade — Responsible Citizenship
First Grade students read folk tales, myths, and stories from around the world and learn valuable life lessons about fairness, courage, gratitude, teamwork, and more. Art projects encourage proficiency with the pencil, scissors, and gluing. Students are introduced to art concepts like primary and complementary colors, balance, and communicating meaning and emotion through art.
2nd Grade — World History
Second Grade students are taken on a journey around the world to learn about five amazing cultures and the ways they are similar to and different from our own. Each art project is inspired by cultural art from different regions of the world and utilizes more advanced concepts such as symmetry, pattern, background vs. foreground, and shading.
3rd Grade — Local Communities
Third Grade students learn about the different physical and sociological elements that make up a community by studying things like climate, geology, natural disasters, public infrastructure, and important community jobs. Art projects explore everything from dinosaurs to superheroes, and introduce more advanced concepts and techniques such as step-by-step drawings, watercolor painting, and realistic shading.
4th Grade — State History
Fourth Grade students will discover amazing things about all the different elements that make a state unique such as landmarks, animals, plants, and mottos. Exercises and art projects encourage students to think critically and work as a team—all while making beautiful art with forms they haven't used before.
5th Grade — North American History
From animals of the Ice Age to the wagons of the West, Fifth Grade students travel through time to learn the rich history of North America and all the different people and creatures that have called it home. Art projects push students outside their comfort zone to use advanced techniques and create unforgettable artworks inspired by history.