The Middle School series of basic visual arts courses encourages creative and mental growth in a supportive studio art setting. A wide variety of media for two- and three-dimensional work is available for students to learn about and apply to their projects. Projects incorporate a wide range of historical and cultural influences. The art program fosters self-confidence and self-expression, a sense of pleasure in creating, inventiveness and experimentation, sequential thinking, respect for materials and tools, decision-making ability, and respect for individual creativity and cooperation with others.
Meets Two Times a Week
The sixth-grade visual arts course asks students to think imaginatively and develop their skills of observation, perception, and personal expression. They will also learn techniques for constructing their work with a variety of two and three-dimensional art media. Students learn the elements of composition through a variety of drawing techniques, drawing media, and collage. Three-dimensional work is made with clay, metal, and found materials. Students use sketchbooks for planning and experimentation while learning to rely on the sketchbook as an important tool in their growth as artists. Building artistic skill and confidence is the overarching goal throughout the year.
Meets Two Times a Rotation
Seventh-grade art students further develop their artistic abilities and learn to formulate original designs, sketch their ideas, and execute their projects while exploring the possibilities of tools and materials. Students work in the art disciplines of drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, wire sculpture, and computer graphic design. Students continue to use sketchbooks as part of their artistic practice, as they pursue more advanced techniques. With each project, art historical references and creative challenges are presented to encourage students’ artistic development and creative growth.
Eighth-grade art students are introduced to art concepts and techniques that will be encountered in the Upper School Visual Arts program. These include perspective, color theory, acrylic painting techniques, ceramic sculpture, dry-point etching, and portraiture. The projects themselves are advanced from media and techniques learned in sixth and seventh grade. Art historical information is incorporated with each project. Emphasis is placed on the student’s own creative process and creating art with a variety of materials.