Middle School Art
All fifth- and sixth-graders take a 12-week studio course that includes an emphasis on the principles and elements of design (art). Drawing, painting and pottery projects are presented to increase technical skills as well as foster imagination. Each student is encouraged to rely on his or her creativity to incorporate this information into uniquely expressive works of art.
Seventh- and eighth-grade art students build on their experience in a year-long studio course with an in-depth focus on drawing, painting, printmaking and pottery. Advanced drawing techniques, along with multiple mixed-media projects are explored. Great masters along with contemporary artists that relate to their artwork are introduced and studied.
Grasping the importance of imagination in art and understanding the roles of observation and personal perceptions play an important part in Middle School art. Students learn how art can be integrated with other disciplines, and see art as a visual language through which they can communicate. Students gain a positive attitude about themselves and others and learn to take risks and use their problem-solving skills.