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