Course Overview

General Art (Grades 6-8)

One trimester, class meets every other day. All students will receive instruction in general art during their Middle School experience.  A number of art concepts will be presented over the three-year period and skills will be developed gradually in sequential fashion.  Personal expression through a wide variety of art forms is featured.

Drawing/Painting (Grade 6)

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore in depth the process artists take in creating a two-dimensional piece of art.  Students will experience a variety of wet and dry media including graphite, charcoal, pastels, watercolors and acrylic paints.  There is an art history component reflective of the projects that promote critical thinking and leads to lively discussion.  Themes include patterns, mythology, still life and landscapes.

Sculpture (Grades 7 & 8)

Sculpture offers students the opportunity to focus on creating three-dimensional artworks. Students rotate through (3) stations including woodcarving, ceramics, and papier-mâché’. Projects are geared towards learning new techniques in relief sculpture, using the pottery wheel, and large-scale papier-mâché group projects. Themes include functional art, animals and landscapes.

Visual Arts Workshop (Grades 6-8)

Some students participate in an all year art program that allows more in-depth exploration of all aspects of art.   This program is meant for students who have a keener interest in art and have a desire to more fully explore their talents in art.  Students can expect to use everything from colored pencils to ceramics to printmaking as part of their journey in this course.  Art history references are used for class discussion and class critiques provide opportunities for the young artists to reflect on their own work and the work of their peers.

Teachers

Ms. McDonald has a B.F.A. in Studio Arts from Montserrat College of Art. Her Masters Degree in Arts and Education is from Endicott College. She has been teaching full time since 1997. She enjoys working with and teaching young artists, looking at art, reading about art and talking about art.

Ms. McDonald is currently a member of the Educator’s Advisory Board of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She also has a personal workspace at the Studios at Porter Mill building in Beverly where she concentrates on oil painting, ink drawings and watercolors.


Jeff Surette, art teacher, has been teaching at the Danvers Middle School since 1997. He taught for two years in Derry, New Hampshire before coming to Danvers. Mr. Surette earned his B.F.A. in Art Education at MA College of Art and a M.Ed. in Arts Education & Supervision at Fitchburg State College. He teaches All Year Art in grades 6-8, 6th grade trimester art, and the Sculpture courses in the 7th & 8th grade. Mr. Surette offers after-school art sessions 3-4 days a week for any students looking to improve their art skills or that just need additional studio time. His student’s artworks have won multiple awards through the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Competition and have been displayed at the Town Hall, Liberty Tree Mall, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and the Boston Transportation Building. Mr. Surette also organizes an annual basketball tournament to help raise awareness + funds for our US troops serving overseas during the holidays called “Hoops for Troops”. His personal work includes woodcarving, technical drawing, digital art, and watercolor painting. Outside of Danvers Mr. Surette teaches art classes during the summer for the Lynnfield Community School’s SOFA program as well as coaching basketball, soccer, and softball.

Art Slideshows

Many thanks to Mr. Surette for providing these slideshows of current students’ artwork.