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Grade 6 ART
Students are introduced to the 7 Elements of Art as the foundation for all artmaking: line, shape, color, space, value, texture and form with the understanding of how these elements, or "ingredients", must be present in all artwork, 2-dimensional as well as 3-dimensional, for the artwork to be successful. Projects focus on the elements of line, shape, space and color at this level. Students are introduced to the mediums of pencil, colored pencil, tempera paint, watercolor, marker, oil crayons and clay.
Grade 7 ART
Building on the Elements of Art learned in Grade 6 Art, (line, shape and color) value, texture and form are added. We begin to talk about the Principles of Design in artmaking. The Principles of Design are what will "organize" the elements of art allowing students to put together more complex pieces of art. These include contrast, balance and repetition through lessons of positive/negative space, symmetry and use of patterns. Students will have experience in advanced coloring mixing beyond the first level of the color wheel, create clay pieces and are encouraged to begin putting orginal ideas to work.
Grade 8 Art
After review of the Elements of Art, students are introduced to all of the Principles of Design, contrast, pattern, unity, movement, rhythm, emphasis and balance. Using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, students are encouraged to become more expressive as individuals. More advanced mediums are introduced at this level. Students also begin looking at the work of modern artists and discussions begin regarding art and it's place in the world we live in.
High School Electives
Introduction to Art Making
Emphasis is placed on understanding the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as a basis for composition. Students will explore a variety of art processes and materials used in drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, assemblage and collaboration. They will work in 2D as well as 3D. Student artwork will reflect knowledge of aesthetics in cultural, contemporary and historical concepts. Willingness to become involved in the creative process is more important than the student's idea of 'talent' and previous experience.
Drawing & Painting
This advanced course provides the opportunity for students to expand on the drawing and painting techniques and concepts introduced in Introduction to Artmaking. Emphasis is placed on experinces with design principles, drawing and painting techniques leading to the development of skills that are necessary to become expressive individuals. Students are given more in-depth challenges to solve creatively while becoming more adept in a variety of mediums.