Arts

Fifth/Sixth Grades                                                     

The fifth and sixth grade art curriculum is founded on a Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE), which includes art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics. Projects are periodically coordinated with the class curriculum and plays to further enhance the students’ education on specific units of study.  All Middle School Arts students are introduced to various media and techniques and develop a basic proficiency in art concepts and skills.  An emphasis is placed on the elements of composition, design, and originality.  Within individual assignments, students explore the elements of line, form, value, intensity, and texture, and the principles of balance, unity, contrast, and movement.

Seventh/Eighth Grades

Seventh and eighth grade students are introduced to various media and techniques and develop a basic proficiency in art concepts and skills.  An emphasis is placed on the elements of composition, design, and originality.  Within individual assignments, students explore the elements of line, form, value, intensity, and texture, and the principles of balance, unity, contrast, and movement. Students investigate the arts of different cultures and explore media that will be pursued in greater depth in the Upper School (Drawing and Painting, Jewelry Making/Enameling, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Print Making).  Students develop an awareness of media, technique, vocabulary, and historical perspective.