Expanding upon the principle foundations of fine art and design, students are focused towards developing creative and technical skills, while also integrating reflective analytical assessment, encouraging individual growth and higher order cognitive development. As a STREAM project based learning curriculum school, individual and collaborative art projects immerse the student in a creative learning environment that facilitates self motivation, design and the process of fabrication. Along with traditional studio methods such as drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, the additional integration of new media and current trends in technology promotes a progressive and engaging learning environment, supporting future in depth studies, challenging exploration, and the mastering of skills.
Middle school currently offers the following studio classes:
Two Dimensional Art (6th-8th)
Students explore media and techniques used to create a variety of 2-D artworks through developing skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage. Students practice, sketch, and manipulate the structural elements of art.
Three Dimensional Art (6th-8th)
Students learn to translate their two-dimensional skills into three-dimensional forms through the exploration of natural, abstract, and synthetic sculptural forms using materials that may include, but are not limited to, clay, plaster, and mixed media for creative expression.
Mixed Media (6th-8th)
This class is designed to provide experiences in a broad range of media, subject matter and techniques.. We will explore elements of two dimensional art, three dimensional art, and digital media in this class.
Advanced Art (7th-8th)
This advanced class is offered to 7th and 8th graders who have already taken one year of art class. Advanced studio art is a high-level, fine art class for students who have demonstrated understanding of the most complex visual perceptions and wish to further develop their skills and techniques.
It is important that students continue to experience and explore the artistic aspects of life in middle school, to complement their academic experiences. The arts play a vital role in students' development. Students may select a variety of studio classes to complete their requirement in the arts. Middle school students may also choose to broaden their knowledge in a current area of interest or explore and develop new passions with multiple arts choices if the schedule allows.
- Foundations of Art (1 year/1.0 unit)
- Visual Arts Stuio 1, 2, 3, 4 (1 year/1.0 unit)
- Digital Photography 1 & 2 (1 year/1.0 unit)
- Digital Photography 3 & 4 Portfolio (1 year/1.0 unit)
- AP Art 2D (1 year/1.0 unit)
- AP Art History (1 year/1.0 unit)