Elementary Art – Grades 3-4-5

"The important thing is to CREATE." Pablo Picasso

Visual Arts at UAS 2017 – 2018


Lower Elementary Teacher:  Mrs. Elizabeth   (KG2, 1st, 2nd)              etyrrell@uasdubai.ae

Upper Elementary Teacher:  Mrs. Alina         (G1KY, 3rd, 4th, 5th)      anistor@uasdubai.ae

Elementary Art Blogs:  http://sites.uasdubai.ae/elementaryart/  and http://sites.uasdubai.ae/etyrrell/


Course Objectives:
This year elementary students will attend art class on a 4 weekly rotational schedule. Students will learn through the elements of art (line, color, texture, value, shape, space and value) and the principles of design (rhythm, balance, movement, emphasis, pattern, contrast, etc.). Throughout the year, we plan on exposing our students to a range of different artists and art styles. We aim to provide all our developing artists with a wide variety of experience with art materials and mediums including paints, markers, pencils, clay and technology.

We will be using the National Common Core Art standards to guide our curriculum and enhance student learning.

National Core Arts Anchor Standards:  Visual Arts

  • CREATING: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.
  • PRESENTING: Interpreting and sharing artistic work.
  • RESPONDING: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.
  • CONNECTING: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.


Elementary Art Exhibitions


We are delighted to announce that we will display the beautiful art work created by all our elementary artists twice this school year in February and April/May.

Every elementary school artist will have a piece of work displayed in the lobby for you to enjoy.  We will be holding all artwork until each exhibition, after which your child will take their artwork home to share with you!


Art Rules and Expectations:

  • Come to art class on time and bring a positive attitude!
  • Follow directions.
  • Use equipment, supplies and materials in an appropriate manner, as demonstrated by the teacher.
  • Act respectfully to the teacher, other adults in the room and classmates.
  • USE KIND WORDS when talking about each others’ art. Art is a very personal form of expression.  You may not like what someone else has created.  Be mindful of each others efforts and celebrate all creativity.


How YOU can help.

Many parents ask what they can do at home to support their child. Give them time to create! Drawing, painting, sculpting with clay, building with toys or Legos, creating art on the computer and taking photographs –  all these activities help to support elements of the art curriculum. Exposing children to art is also invaluable. Dubai offers a rich culture of art and creativity. Spending time with your child exploring galleries, museums etc. will help to encourage aesthetic choice while also forming a life-long love of art.


Elementary Art Department

Welcome to Ms. Alina’s Art Blog!


I am looking forward to a creative year exploring art both individually and collaboratively.

The purpose of our art program is to motivate students to express themselves creatively through thought and action while they expand their art knowledge and skills using the Elements and Principals of Design, in a new setting that will allow more opportunities to complete and enjoy art projects.

First trimester started with the enthusiastic 3rd graders in the Art Studio, who enjoyed the first week in art communicating their ideas about visual arts and creating a cover for their journal.

Have an artful year!

Ms. Alina


Texture Unit! Fabric Maps


Grade 3 students selected fabric, drew, cut, and assembled these amazing fabric maps in the tradition of quilt making during their unit on World Geography and Culture.

Drawings By Me- Order Now!


The elementary art students have been busy creating artwork for the Drawing by Me project. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to produce artwork which is then turned into coffee mugs, calendars, greeting cards etc. Ideal keepsakes for parents as well as family and friends from afar. 

Your child’s artwork will be sent home with an order form envelope the week of Sunday May 7th with an order form return date of Sunday May 14th.

The order envelope, payment, and artwork  must be returned to Ms. Janel in the ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OFFICE by May 14th.

This will give us a delivery date of June 12th, well in time for the school holiday. 

For further details, you can follow this link to a video about Drawings by Me: Drawings by Me

Literacy Month: Book Illustration Art!


Grade 4 Students putting the finishing touches on their book page-inspired Book Art.  During Literacy Month, students selected a book with beautiful illustrations (many of them Caldecott Metal winners), analyzed the illustration using the Elements & Principles of Art, and are in the process of creating an art piece inspired by their favorite page.  We are thrilled at the results!  Look for a Book Art Display in the 2nd floor hallway coming soon!

3rd Grade Indonesian Batik Wax/Watercolor Art Display @UAS Elementary Library


The 3rd Grade Batik-inspired Wax/Watercolor Paintings are now on display in the UAS Elementary Library.  This artwork will be displayed from today through April 9th, after which students will be able to take their batik paintings home.

Please take a moment to stop by the Elementary Library to see the 3rd grade students’ designs.  We used beautiful layers of watercolor painted over the top of a wax imprint, revealing a line design.

Grade 2 Dubai Artifacts


img_3311 img_3312 img_3313 img_3315Grade 2 students putting the finishing touches on their air-dry clay artifacts.  Students sculpted, designed, and painted Dubai-inspired artifacts to display in their Who We Are Unit.

Grade 1 – Exploring Van Gogh’s Lines



As we continued our exploration of lines, we learned about the painting “The Sower” by Vincent Van Gogh.

Students studied the painting to discover how Van Gogh used lines in his artwork.

We focused our attention in particular, to the lines of the setting sun, the wheat field and the crops growing below.

Our little artists began by using oil pastels to create the setting sun. Students made lots of curved lines inside the sun and added broken lines to create the sun’s rays.img_1392 img_1393


For the crops growing in the field below students made lots  of diagonal lines in different directions.

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Blending the oil pastels was lots of fun for the students. They were very careful to blend in the same direction that the line is moving.



KG2 African Print Line Art



Part of our study into the element of line in art, students were introduced to a variety of African prints. We explored all of the interesting and creative types of lines, as well as the beautiful bright colours.

Students used their knowledge of lines to create their own prints and they used it in a fun African inspired art piece.

Our little artist’s used lots of skills to create this piece of art. Students designed clothing using a variety of lines and bright colours. We practised our cutting, glueing, drawing and colouring skills.

Students had lots of fun exploring the interesting way that some African people balance and carry baskets of food on their heads. We thought this would add a very interesting element to our artwork! KG2 students also learned about silhouette and how to create this in their artwork. We added texture by using burlap material for the baskets.


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You’re Invited! UAS Collaborative Art Installation


sticky-note-blogThe UAS Sticky-Note Collaborative Art Installation is open in the back lobby!   Everyone in the UAS Community (parents, too!) is invited to contribute to this project.  You can create a sticky-note art piece and attach it directly to the board or turn it in to Ms. Alina or Mrs. Hemstead.

This video of New York Artist, Tim Kelly, who began the Puzzle Art Collaborative Project (still going by the way!) demonstrates the power and beauty of collaborative art. 

Also, here’s a link to an interview with the artist, Tim Kelly about the Puzzle Piece project.


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