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Fine Arts Middle School

An exploratory program enables students to discover their particular abilities, talents, interests, values, and preferences. This self-knowledge helps students to prepare for adult life, not only in terms of vocation, but also as family members and citizens. Second, courses and activities are taught so as to reveal opportunities for making contributions to society. Finally, exploratory experiences acquaint students with enriching, healthy leisure-time pursuits, such as lifetime physical activities, involvement in the arts, and social service. Looked at in this way, opportunities exist for all areas of the middle level curriculum to be exploratory.

In the Art class, the principles of graphic design and illustration will be introduced. Students learn and apply all elements of computer-aided graphic production including the use of tools (drawing and painting), color palettes, fill, perspective, rendering, layering, and design. Students will be able to use Corel Draw, Photoshop and FreeHand. For many students, middle school may be the last opportunity to explore new subjects and interests. Exploration is important for young adolescents because it ensures hands-on, participatory, meaningful, and engaging experiences.

Another benefit for many students is that exploratory courses such as art, drama, music, and technology engage students actively, allowing them to learn new skills and try out new ways of thinking. The purpose of exploratory courses, whatever the label and whatever the content, is to offer wide-ranging opportunities and experiences that students would not otherwise have.

Students have three times a week sessions; three classes of 60 minutes and two other classes on Thursday’s and Friday’s that last 45 minutes (4 hours 30 minutes in total each week for 12 weeks). Students will be introduced to a world of new techniques and materials. They will be encouraged to use what they learn in their course subjects. Students have to participate in activities such as Art festivals, Art expositions and trips to the museum etc.

The middle school art class is designed to meet several goals. The students will be exposed to works of some of the most well-known artists around the world. They will also learn how to identify different styles of art and the artist associated with those styles. This will give students the opportunity to discover their strengths in different media. Students will explore various units such as design, painting and drawing, printmaking, three dimensional design (sculpture), creative crafts, lettering, ink illustration paper design, 2D and 3D, paper packaging and layouts. They will have the opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of materials and techniques to express their artistic creative abilities and skills.

There will be an introduction to a world of new techniques and materials. Students will be encouraged to use what they learn in their core subjects. Students have to participate in Art Festivals, Art Expositions, Trips to museums, etc. The Middle School art class is designed to meet several goals. The students will be exposed to work of some of the most well-known artists around the world (Salvadorian and International). They will also learn how to identify different styles of art and artists associated with those styles, they will learn about art through time line and movements. This will give students the opportunity to discover their strengths in different media.

8th Grade – 3D design and crafts. Art elements covered include: form, composition, balance, unity, positive/negative space, color, pattern, and texture. Materials will include: various Graphite, Charcoal, Color pencils, water color, Pastels, Conté, Acrylics and oil paints; proportions in drawing and painting self-portrait, human figure, still life, and balance composition (some study of the arts related to the eighth grade team projects cross curriculum). They will study different Art Movements, showing their skill in Oral and written presentations in the Art History Unit.

7th Grade - Two-dimensional design with an emphasis on drawing and painting is offered in grade 7. Art elements covered include: all aspects of color, space, linear perspective, texture, shape and form, line, composition, and various techniques such as Graphite, Color pencils, water color, Pastels, Conté, Acrylics, markers, and Tempera; proportions in drawing and painting self portrait, human figure, still life, balance composition (some study of the arts related to the seventh grade team projects cross curriculum). They will study Art through time line, showing their skill in Oral and written presentations in the Art History Unit.

6th grade - Art elements covered include: Composition, shape, pattern, color, balance, line and texture and two-dimensional design, length and width; Space: positive/negative and linear perspective; Value: Shading with hatching, crosshatching, blending and stippling; Color: color wheel, analogous, complementary, intensity monochromatic. Cooperative projects and cross curriculum projects related to grade six team activities will be included. They will study different Artists (National and international), showing their skill in Oral and written presentations in the Art History Unit.

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