The Village Lower Schools visual arts program encourages expressive self directed exploration, facilitating cognitive development and expanding fine motor skills while learning fundamental techniques with diverse media. Introductory studies of artists, and art historically significant periods, encourages an appreciation of the arts that is cultivated and developed, engaging individualized strengths and promoting self confidence. Exploratory projects addressing the principles of design are aligned across the curriculum with an interdisciplinary approach, creating an inspirational environment for young artists to thrive, while also supporting academic success, social, emotional, and overall well being.
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.
The arts play a pivotal role in the enrichment of our students diverse needs for creative expression. Through the visual arts and photography curriculum, students attain skills that are indispensable to creative fields in the arts and beyond. Our art students are recognized by the Art & Scholastic Awards and The Naples Art Association.
In the classroom, students explore artistic concepts and materials that provide choice and boost self confidence. Visual arts courses allow for concept formation and advancement with one on one student teacher conferences in addition to hands on instruction. We offer an eclectic art program that is blooming with drawing, painting, ceramics, digital art, mixed media, and student centered projects.
All students must complete two years (four semesters) of an artistic class. Courses which satisfy this requirement are Theater Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Culinary Arts and AP Art History. AP Art History is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students who plan to take AP Art History to satisfy the requirement should choose other electives in the freshman year.
- 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)
Students will study and apply the elements of art and the principles of design by creating two- and three-dimensional projects. Students will explore a variety of art materials and techniques used in professional art and will be required to create and respond to works of art that express concepts, ideas and feelings.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
An advanced course that entails an in depth study of art techniques and media. In addition, drawing, painting, mixed media, and three-dimensional media will be studied. Furthermore, students will link art history to their portfolios. This course will involve diverse artistic processes in both individual and group settings. Lastly, students will work closely with faculty to develop an ongoing or culminating area of concentration based on material preferences.
Prerequisite: Departmental Approval
This is a beginner’s course designed to introduce digital imagery and computer technology as a medium for artistic expression. Fundamental concepts to be survey include the study of light, time, composition, and subject. Students will develop a strong sense of visual, critical thinking skills while studying the elements of art and principles of design. In addition to acquiring basic photographic skills, students will apply their artistic knowledge to design a school year book.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
This course is designed for students who have in depth knowledge in photography and aspire to pursue portfolio development. Students may choose to explore specific technical applications in such as camera settings and or editing software. Other topics include macro photography, time-lapse, action photography, black and white, color, landscapes, light painting, portraiture, elements of art and principles of design, photojournalism, commercial photography, and techniques common to the history of photography.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography 2 or Departmental approval
Students will demonstrate mastery through any two-dimensional medium or process, such as graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, fashion illustration, painting and printmaking. Students will develop technical skills and become familiar with the functions of visual elements as they create an individual portfolio of work for evaluation at the end of the course.
Prerequisite: Foundations of Art, Visual Studio 1 and departmental approval.
Intended to prepare students for the AP examination in art history, the course is a survey of world art from prehistory to the present with a strong emphasis on Western art. Students will develop a vocabulary while studying all major forms of artistic expression including painting, sculpture and architecture within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Image identification, critical analysis and evaluation of both context and aesthetics are emphasized.
Prerequisite: World History CP or Honors and departmental approval.