VISUAL ARTS CURRICULUM
Art courses at the Jr. High level, expand on content and skills from elementary visual art experiences. Through the Jr. High Art Curriculum, students will:
Learn the importance of art and the pivotal role it plays in the communication of diverse historical and cultural beliefs / traditions.
Explore a wide range of notions about the meaning and purpose of visual art.
Acquire procedural knowledge, skill and craftsmanship in art making while exploring an expanded range of media.
Utilize technology for the purpose of research, the creation of digital portfolios, and new ways to engage with art.
Develop creative strategies, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and habits of mind through artistic practices.
Grade 6 | 12 weeks
In sixth grade art, students will continue to build their skills and knowledge in 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.
Grade 7 | 12 weeks
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, printmaking, and painting.
Grade 8 | 12 weeks
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. Students will strengthen their writing and presenting skills through documenting their art making process and composing artist statements for a digital art portfolio.
Skills the Art Room Teaches for a Career-Ready Individual
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