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· The Language of Art: Students will be introduced to the nonverbal language of art. All assignments incorporate the basic concepts of the Elements and Principles of Design.
· Visual Diary: Students create a Visual Diary (sketch book) in Art. A Visual Diary is a sketch book and journal combined. Students receive weekly lessons in the Visual Diary, as well as use it for idea sketches and for taking notes.
· Artwork Display: Students have the opportunity to have their work displayed in the school hallways, as well as on the online web museum, Artsonia; http://www.artsonia.com. Students work is also displayed in community art shows throughout the school year.
6th Grade Curriculum
In 6th grade, students have experiences in the following media, processes, and art history:
· Design Basics: The Elements and Principles of Art
· Drawing Basics with Oil Pastels
· Printmaking with Natural Objects
· "Reading an Artwork" - 4 Steps to Find the Message
· Painting with Tempera and Expressive Color
· Decorative Ceramic Masks
· Art History of the 18th Century
7th Grade Curriculum
In 7th grade, students have experiences in the following media,
processes, and art history:
· Drawing Realistically in Pencil
· Painting – Design with Nature
· Functional Ceramics
· Relief Printmaking – Japanese influence on Impressionism
· The Art of the 19th Century - Art of the Impressionists
8th Grade Curriculum
In 8th grade, students have one quarter of two-dimensional art experiences and one quarter of three-dimensional art experiences. These experiences include the following media, processes, and art history:
· Decorative Plaster Sculpture
· Rendered Chalk Pastel Landscape Drawing
· Drawing Realistically in Pencil and Charcoal
· Pen and Ink Calligraphy
· Art History of the 20th Century - The Modern World
Assessment: In addition to teacher-assessment, students self-assess on all assignments using a rubric and also written reflection.