Self-Discovery Through Art
The middle school years are all about discovery of self and a student's world opens up as he/she is able to think more abstractly. Creating art can be a way for students at this age to begin to understand themselves and the world in which they are becoming more and more involved.
Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades continue to build upon their skills and refine their craftsmanship with each completed project. Some students find success in generating the idea for a project, some in using new mediums, while others in the overall finished piece. All parts of the art-making process count toward the final grade, and projects can often be edited or corrected along the way to become a learning experience, if not a framed work of art in the end.
Projects often parallel with themes students encounter in other classes throughout the trimester they study art—science in sixth, history in seventh, and math in eighth grade.