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Fine Arts: Visual Art

Students in Grades 5 and 6 are required to take an exploratory course in visual arts. They look at specific genres of art, as well as artists from historical periods, in order to develop works and projects of their own. Students in Grades 7 and 8 have the opportunity for further artistic growth and development through elective semester courses. 

Grade 5

Grade 5 Visual Art is a foundational study that develops each student’s awareness and appreciation of art and artistic techniques through experience with and creation of artistic works. On alternating days during the 11 week term, students receive 85 minutes of art instruction and practice based around the elements of art (line, shape, value, texture, color, and space), beginning color theory (primary and secondary colors, monochromatic color scheme), and one point perspective. They will complete multiple projects in 2D and 3D designed to improve their observation skills, use of materials and media, and individual artistic style.

An exhibition of student work is held at the end of the term as well as an all-school exhibition based on a yearly theme.

Grade 6

Grade 6 Visual Art is a foundational study that continues to develop each student’s awareness and appreciation of art and artistic techniques through experience with and creation of artistic works. On alternating days during the 11 week term, students receive 85 minutes of art instruction and practice based around the elements of art (line, shape, value, texture, color, and space), intermediate color theory (tertiary colors, complimentary and analogous color schemes), two point perspective, and portrait drawing. They will complete multiple projects in 2D and 3D designed to improve their observation skills, use of materials and media, and individual artistic style.

An exhibition of student work is held at the end of the term as well as an all-school exhibition based on a yearly theme.

Grade 7/8

Grade 7-8 students have an opportunity for further artistic growth and development through 11 week long Visual Art electives. These electives review concepts from the foundational arts classes while introducing the principles of design (balance, alignment, emphasis, proportion, movement, pattern, contrast, and unity) and allow students the choice of exploring traditional and unique mixed media, creating functional artwork in applied design, or developing digital skills for image manipulation, illustration, and 3D graphics.

An exhibition of student work is held at the end of the term for traditional media while digital work is collected and shared online.