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Art Room Philosophy

The Art classroom offers a place where students can develop skills in an atmosphere that offers a unique combination of academic and creative studies. As the art teacher here at West View, I feel every student has something to bring to our class, and everyone can grow his/her imagination, with practice, patience, and perseverance. I strive to nurture students' abilities and encourage their growth and development of humanistic and aesthetic values. The lessons I create are challenging,grade-level appropriate, and enriched with art history.

Goals of the Visual Arts Program

  • To develop aesthetic values by providing students with the technical skills needed to perceive and interpret visual images in various media though realism and using the imagination.
  • To provide students with a sound foundation in the language of visual expression through learning and experiencing the art elements and principles of design.
  • To expose students to the design process;which is one of creative problem solving,and to help them to see the connections beyond the art studio.
  • To recognize,distinguish and appreciate art and cultural influences of different cultures and historical  periods.
  • To analyze,compare,interpret, and evaluate art of self,other students and major artists.
  • To enhance creativity, and to develop an awareness each student's inherent creative potential.
  • To provide direction and guidance to those considering pursuit of the visual arts(career) beyond the secondary school level.
  • To foster a continuing interest in and enthusiasm for the arts, whether it be expressed through active participation or informed appreciation.

 

Expectations and Rules of Students

It is my expectation that all students will do their personal best in art class just as they would in any other class offered in the Middles School. I frequently hear comments from students that they are not good in art. It is not necessary to be a "good artist" to do well in our art classes. What is necessary is a good attitude, a willingness to try new things,good listening skills,good teamwork skills, and a sense of exploration and curiosity to individually meet project requirements. Art provides the opportunity for students to experience a different atmosphere from the standard classroom setting. It can be fun,relaxing,hands-on,messy,exciting,social,and many other potentially new and sometimes out of the ordinary experiences. However, it also comes with a set of different rules that must be followed:

  • Safety- listen ,follow instructions and think before you use it(anything in the room).
  • Respect-everything-fellow classmates, the teacher, the facility, materials, equipment;treat it like you paid for it,because you will be paying for it if you break it due to misuse or irresponsibility,
  • Clean up messes-even if you did not make them! Be a community contributor- it is part of your grade.
  • Follow directions ,participate positively, and follow student expectations.
  • Relax and enjoy it- nothing is perfect..especially art.

 

6th Grade

In a 6 week cycle, students will experiment with a variety of media to create visual art. The elements of art, (e.g., line, space, color, value, texture, and form) are stressed in two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional work. Students will begin to apply art principles, (e.g., rhythm, movement, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, and unity) in their art expression. The development and application of basic techniques and skills are stressed. Students will express their ideas by using art as a form of communication. As students work toward an appreciation and understanding of art they will relate visual arts to various historical and cultural traditions. Students learn to respect their own ideas and artistic expressions and those of others as they analyze and evaluate works of art.

7th Grade

 

During a 6 weeks cycle, students continue building on the exploratory experience of visual arts begun in the 6th Grade. This course offering is designed to assist students in gaining more meaningful experiences with art. An inquiry approach provides students with a foundation for understanding and appreciating the visual arts and their relationship to society. Time together includes the study of a broad range of artistic styles, media, and ideas from past and present cultures. The students participate in aesthetics, art criticism, art history, art production, and interdisciplinary activities that promote visual literacy. Emphasis is placed on further developing craftsmanship and presentation of artwork.

 
8th Grade
 

A mirror image of our 7th Grade Visual Arts, this is also a 6 weeks cycle rotation. Students continue building on the exploratory experience of their first visual arts class at WVMS taken in the 6th Grade. This course offering is designed to assist students in gaining more meaningful experiences with art. An inquiry approach provides the students with a foundation for understanding and appreciating the visual arts and their relationship to society. Time together includes the study of a broad range of artistic styles, media, art criticism, art history, art production, and interdisciplinary activities that promote visual literacy. Emphasis is placed on further developing craftsmanship and presentation of artwork. Students are encouraged to contemplate the many career opportunities available in the arts and pursue their interests at the high school level.