Visual Art Curriculum

Finley Junior High

2017- 2018

Grades 6-8

6th Grade Focus: In sixth grade, students will continue to build their skills and knowledge in art vocabulary, drawing, printmaking, collage, and painting. We begin by exploring what art is and who makes it, what it means to be mindful in art, and ways that artists create through class critiques, examining contemporary and historical art, and learning new processes. Art history, art appreciation, problem solving, and critical thinking are integrated into all lessons. Students will strengthen their writing and presenting skills through documenting their art making process and composing artist statements for a digital art portfolio.

 Unit

Standards

Content

Introduction:

What is Art?

  • VA:Re7.1.6: Identify and interpret works of art or design that reveal how people live around the world and what they value
  • VA:Re8.1.6: Interpret art by distinguishing between relevant and non-relevant contextual information and analyzing subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, and use of media to identify ideas and mood conveyed.
  • VA:Cn11.1.6: Analyze how art reflects changing times, traditions, resources, and cultural uses.

Essential Questions:

  • What is the value of engaging in the process of art criticism?
  • How do life experiences influence the way you relate to art?
  • How does learning about art impact how we perceive the world?
  • How does art help us understand the lives of people of

Artists Use Line

  • VA:CR2.1.6: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.
  • VA:Re9.1.6:Develop and apply relevant criteria to evaluate a work of art.
  • VA:Re7.1.6: Identify and interpret works of art or design that reveal how people live around the world and what they value

Elements / Principles:

  • Space
  • Pattern
  • Line
  • Contrast

Process / Technique:

  • Craftsmanship
  • Mindful mark making

Artists Create Depth

  • VA:CR2.1.6: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.
  • VA: Re7.2.6: Analyze ways that visual components and cultural associations suggested by images influence ideas, emotions, and actions.
  • VA:Cn11.1.6: Analyze how art reflects changing times, traditions, resources, and cultural uses.

Elements / Principles:

  • Form
  • Space
  • Value

Process / Technique:

  • Linear Perspective
  • Shading / blending

Artists Tell Stories

  • VA:CR1.2.6: Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating works of art and design.
  • VA:Cn10.1.6: Generate a collection of ideas reflecting current interests and concerns that could be investigated in art-making
  • VA:Cr2.3.6: Design or redesign objects, places, or systems that meet the identified needs of diverse users.
  • VA:Cn11.1.6: Analyze how art reflects changing times, traditions, resources, and cultural uses.

Elements / Principles:

  • Value
  • Space (Depth)
  • Color

Process / Technique:

  • * Collage
  • * Painting

Artists Study Different Cultures


 

  • VA:Cn11.1.6: Analyze how art reflects changing times, traditions, resources, and cultural uses.
  • VA:Re7.1.6: Identify and interpret works of art or design that reveal how people live around the world and what they value.
  • VA:Cr1.1.6: Combine concepts collaboratively to generate innovative ideas for creating art.
  • VA: Explain environmental implications of conservation, care, and cleanup of art materials, tools, and equipment
  • VA:Pr6.1.6:Assess, explain, and provide evidence of how museums or other venues reflect history and values of a community.

Elements / Principles:

  • Contrast
  • Balance
  • Unity

Process / Technique:

  • Printmaking

Artists Reflect

  • VA:Cr3.1.6: Reflect on whether personal artwork conveys the intended meaning and revise accordingly
  • VA:Pr.4.1.6: Analyze similarities and differences associated with preserving and presenting two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital artwork.
  • VA:Pr5.1.6: Individually or collaboratively, develop a visual plan for displaying works of art, analyzing exhibit space, the needs of the viewer, and the layout of the exhibit.

Digital Art Portfolio

  • Artist Statements
  • Artwork documentation

7th Grade Focus: In seventh grade art, students will further develop their art skills through exploring new terminology, media, and techniques. Students will focus on meaning making through the exploration of local and global issues and the multitude of ways artists comment on the world around us. Art students will discover methods for envisioning, planning, and executing works of art both independently and collaboratively as they learn more about drawing, design, sculpture, and painting. Students will strengthen their writing and presenting skills through documenting their art making process and composing artist statements for a digital art portfolio.

Unit

Standards

Content

Artists Address Local and Global Issues

  • VA:Re.7.1.7: Explain how the method of display, the location, and the experience of an artwork influence how it is perceived and valued.
  • VA:Cn11.1.7a: Analyze how response to art is influenced by understanding the time and place in which it was created, the available resources, and cultural uses.
  • VA:Re.7.2.7: Analyze multiple ways that images influence specific audiences.
  • VA:Cn10.1.7: Individually or collaboratively create visual documentation of places and times in which people gather to make and experience art or design in the community.
  • VA:Pr6.1.7: Compare and contrast viewing and experiencing collections and exhibition in different venues.

Elements and Principles:

  • Emphasis
  • Color
  • Balance
  • Value

Process / Technique:

  • Lettering
  • Color schemes

Artists Solve Problems

 

  • VA:Cn11.1.7a: Analyze how response to art is influenced by understanding the time and place in which it was created, the available resources, and cultural uses.
  • VA:Cr1.1.7: Apply methods to overcome creative blocks
  • VA:Re.7.2.7: Analyze multiple ways that images influence specific audiences.

Elements and Principles:

  • Form
  • Value
  • Space

Process / Technique::

  • Two-Point Perspective

Artists Explore Identity

  • VA:Cr2.3.7: Apply organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.
  • VA:Re8.1.7: Interpret art by analyzing art-making approaches, the characteristics of form and structure, relevant contextual information, subject matter, and use of media to identify ideas and mood conveyed.
  • VA:Re9.1.7: Compare and explain the difference between an evaluation of an artwork based on personal criteria and an evaluation of an artwork based on a set of established criteria.
  • VA:Cr1.1.7: Apply methods to overcome creative blocks

Elements and Principles:

  • Line
  • Color
  • Shape
  • Space

Process / Technique:

  • Abstract Drawing + Design

Artists Envision

  • VA.Cr1.2.7: Develop criteria to guide making a work of art or design to meet an identified goal.
  • VA:Cr2.1.7: Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design
  • VA:Cr1.1.7: Apply methods to overcome creative blocks
  • VA:Re.7.2.7: Analyze multiple ways that images influence specific audiences.

Studio Habits of Mind

Essential Questions:

  • How do artists work?
  • How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?
  • How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective?

Process / Technique:

  • Sculpture

Artists Reflect

  • VA:Pr4.1.7: Compare and contrast how technologies have changed the way artwork is preserved, presented, and experienced.
  • VA:Cr3.1.7: Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.
  • VA:Cr2.2.7:Demonstrate awareness of ethical responsibility to oneself and others when posting and sharing images and other materials through the Internet, social, social media, and other communication formats.
  • VA:Pr6.1.7: Compare and contrast viewing and experiencing collections and exhibition in different venues.
  • VA:Pr5.1.7: Based on criteria, analyze and evaluate methods for preparing and presenting art.

Digital Art Portfolio

  • Artist Statements
  • Artwork documentation

8th Grade Focus: Eighth grade artists express themselves creatively as they create artwork based around themes/topics of their choosing. Students begin to deconstruct conceptual art and learn to communicate views through the use of metaphor. Composition, technique, the elements and principles of design, and attention to detail are explored in depth in order to encourage the development of meaningful, original works of art. Students will strengthen their writing and presenting skills through documenting their art making process and composing artist statements for a digital art portfolio.

Unit

Standards

Content

Artists Research

(Theme Exploration and Selection)


 

  • VA:Re.7.1.8: Explain how a person’s aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment and impact the visual image that one conveys to others.
  • VA:Cn11.1.8: Describe how knowledge of culture, traditions, and history may influence personal responses to art
  • VA:Cr1.1.8: Document early stages of the creative process visually and/or verbally in traditional or new media.
  • VA:Cr2.1.8: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meaning that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.
  • VA:Pr6.1.8: Analyze why and how an exhibition or collection may influence ideas, beliefs, and experiences.
  • VA:Re7.1.8: Explain how a person’s aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment and impact the visual image that one conveys to other
  • VA:Re9.1.8: Create a convincing and logical argument to support an evaluation of art.
  • VA:Re8.1.8: Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, art-making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.

Essential Questions:

  • How do life experiences influence the way you relate to art?
  • What can we learn from our responses to art?
  • How does engaging in creating art enrich people’s lives?

Artists Observe


 

  • VA:Cr1.1.8: Document early stages of the creative process visually and/or verbally in traditional or new media.
  • VA:Pr6.1.8: Analyze why and how an exhibition or collection may influence ideas, beliefs, and experiences.
  • VA:Cr1.1.8: Document early stages of the creative process visually and/or verbally in traditional or new media.

Elements and Principles:

  • Texture
  • Form
  • Line

Process / Technique:

  • Repoussé (Copper)

Artist Use Appropriation

  • VA:Cr2.2.8: Demonstrate awareness of practices, issues, and ethics of appropriation, fair use, copyright, open source, and creative commons as they apply to creating works of art and design.
  • VA:Re.7.1.8: Explain how a person’s aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment and impact the visual image that one conveys to others.
  • VA:Cr1.1.8: Document early stages of the creative process visually and/or verbally in traditional or new media.
  • VA:Cr1.2.8: Collaboratively shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art and design
  • VA:Cr2.1.8: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meaning that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.
  • VA:Cr2.2.8: Demonstrate awareness of practices, issues, and ethics of appropriation, fair use, copyright, open source, and creative commons as they apply to creating works of art and design.
  • VA:Cn11.1.8: Distinguish different ways art is used to represent, establish, reinforce, and reflect group identity.
  • VA:Cn10.1.8: Make art collaboratively to reflect on and reinforce positive aspects of group identity.

Elements and Principles:

  • Proportion
  • Balance
  • Value

Process / Technique:

  • Drawing
  • Collage

Artists Inspire

  • VA:Cr1.2.8: Collaboratively shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art and design.
  • VA:Cr1.1.8: Document early stages of the creative process visually and/or verbally in traditional or new media.
  • VA:Cr2.1.8: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meaning that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.
  • VA:Re7.2.8: Compare and contrast contexts and media in which viewers encounter images that influence ideas, emotions, and actions.

Elements and Principles:

  • Line
  • Contrast
  • Space

Process / Technique:

  • Letter design (typography)

Artists Reflect

  • VA:Cr2.3.8: Select, organize and design images and words to make visually clear and compelling presentations.
  • VA:Pr4.1.8: Develop and apply criteria for evaluating a collection of artwork for presentation.
  • VA:Cr1.1.8: Document early stages of the creative process visually and/or verbally in traditional or new media.
  • VA:Cr2.3.8: Select, organize, and design images and words to make visually clear and compelling presentations.
  • VA:Pr.4.1.8: Develop and apply criteria for evaluating a collection of artwork for presentation.
  • VA:Cr3.1.8: Apply relevant criteria to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for a work of art or design in progress.
  • VA:Pr5.1.8: Collaboratively prepare and present selected theme-based artwork for display, and formulate exhibition narratives for the viewer.

Digital Art Portfolio

  • Artist Statements
  • Artwork documentation