Thurston Middle School
The Thurston Middle School art program is designed to teach students to become critical thinkers and visual problem solvers. In Grades 6, 7 and 8, students will be made aware of the creative process which includes brainstorming, problem solving, analyzing and evaluating art. Design problems are solved using visual art structures and functions, while leaving room for a student’s own personal ideas and artistic style.
Students begin to see how the creative process relates to all disciplines, and come to know art as a tool of communication and self expression. Studio assignments have a connection to art history and are reinforced with thoughtful art criticism and appreciation, strengthening analytical thinking skills. Through whole class critiques and written reflections, students learn how to analyze their own art and the work of others. They will understand the value of reflection and critical judgement in creative work.
Through a series of hands-on experiences using a wide variety of materials and techniques, students use the elements and principles of design to translate thoughts and feelings into 2 and 3 dimensional works of art. Students will draw from direct observation, memory and their imagination. They will be introduced to the art of various artists and cultures to expand their appreciation of the role of the arts in different societies.
Trimester courses involve studio exercises in drawing, painting, printmaking, design and sculpture. There is an emphasis on fundamental skills, particularly drawing from observation. There is a focus on line, gesture, value and the study of linear perspective. Color theory is explored in painting and mixed media. Students learn about the history and methods of printing, and learn to apply the building blocks of good design in mixed media assignments. Three-dimensional forms are investigated through additive and subtractive sculpture projects.
Students will be expected to chronicle and display their portfolio projects on on classroom web pages. This involves becoming competent in the use of available technology such as digital cameras, scanners and a variety of Web 2.0 tools.
The value and importance of quality craftsmanship is a high priority. At all grade levels, the proper use of tools and materials is emphasized, as well as a respect for fellow student’s studio space and artwork.
For Grade 6, 7, 8
ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS: (Big Ideas)