MS Art

Grade 6 Art Course Description 

In grade six art, students play an active role in learning color theory, drawing from life, and developing design concepts. Students work in a variety of art materials and techniques such as painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and ceramics. Emerging media and cultural contexts are also investigated, as well as art appreciation and self reflection. Students are held responsible for keeping a sketchbook to document their creative process and reflecting about their artwork.

Grade 7 Art Course Description 

In grade seven, students build upon skills learned in sixth grade. This class emphasizes techniques and mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, as well as the development of the student’s voice as an artist. Students are expected to keep a school provided sketchbook to document their art and design process. Emerging media and cultural contexts will be explored through projects. Students will measure their progress and describe their process in reflections on their artwork.

Grade 8 Art Course Description 

In grade eight, students build upon what they learned in seventh grade art. This class takes an in depth approach to drawing, design principles and three-dimensional sculpture. There will be a strong emphasis on the development of ideas using a sketchbook to document the art process, build sketches, and investigate media and artists. Students will participate in class critiques and become more comfortable using art vocabulary and terms. This class prepares students for Art 1 in high school.

Units of Study

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Digital Design

    Art historical and cultural contexts are also investigated within each unit, as well as art criticism and appreciation.

How Students are Assessed:

Students will be assessed formatively during art classes as well as summatively at the conclusion of each art project to measure knowledge, understanding, skill progress and developing creative and critical thinking.  Students will be required to participate in classroom critiques, reflections and self and/or peer assessments.

Reporting Standards and ESLRS

In Art, students will evaluated on 4 key reporting standards for learning (based on the U.S. Core National Arts Standards) and SIS’s ESLR’s for behaviour and aptitude.


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