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.

Art Curriculum By Grade

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  • Sixth Grade

    Sixth grade students review the elements of art: line, shape/form, color, texture, value, and space. Students work on utilizing the elements in an intentional way. They work in various mediums such as: drawing, painting, fiber and ceramics, including both flat and multi-dimensional work. The work is focused on building skill with medium and encouraging good crafting techniques. Students study a variety of well-known art pieces and discuss their relevance to the projects they create.
  • Seventh Grade

    Seventh grade students create work that further reinforces the use of the elements of art. They work on creating depth through perspective and continue to develop techniques in drawing, painting, fiber and ceramics, including both flat and multi-dimensional work. Work is focused on technical precision and promotes fine crafting skills. A variety of recognizable artwork is discussed in relation to its relevance to the projects they create.
  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth grade students study and implement the principles of art: balance, rhythm, focal point, space, unity, and scale. They work on more complex lessons that require higher level thinking, and work to refine their use of various mediums and crafting skills. Eighth graders continue to develop their technique in drawing, painting, fiber and ceramics, including both flat and dimensional work, and study a variety of famous works in relation to their relevance to the projects they create.

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