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Art – Middle School (grades 5-8)

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5th and 6th grade students are ready to use their drawing skills and developing sense of composition to tackle increasingly sophisticated projects. Students at this level are asked to look critically at their growing body of work and to fine tune their drawing and composition skills. They draw and paint landscapes, both in the studio and outdoors, and are introduced to drawing the human hand, head and face. They wrestle with the principles of abstract composition and construct three-dimensional art as well. Students continue to learn skills that cross over between art and mathematics. Fifth grade students begin using sketchbooks and are introduced to drafting tools. They are also introduced to calligraphy, where they not only learn how to form the letters of the alphabet, but also discover the aesthetic goal of creating a lettered work of art. Students learn to make calculations necessary for ruling accuracy and to use precise geometric vocabulary (parallel, perpendicular, diagonal, intersecting), essential for conceptualizing projects and communicating directions. Integration of art with science and math curricula continues at the fifth/sixth grade level. 7th and 8th grade students possess a growing confidence in their ability to draw and paint. They also plan and execute artistic ideas with determination and conviction. They continue to work in sketchbooks with a variety of drafting tools. Students are introduced to the human figure as a drawing subject, focusing on proportion, line and form. Seventh and eighth grade students draw and paint from one- and two-point perspective, focusing on urban landscapes and room interiors. Their sense of proportion and perspective enables them to create a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional plane. Students use artistic skills they have developed to facilitate and enhance presentations in other areas of the curriculum. They continue to work on calligraphic skills. Integration of curriculum with science and math units continues at the seventh/eighth grade level.
Students at this level are asked to look critically at their growing body of work and to fine tune their drawing and composition skills, wrestle with the principles of abstract composition and construct three-dimensional art, while using the artistic skills they have developed to facilitate and enhance presentations in other areas of the curriculum.
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