Below is a generalized sampling of what the students will be learning throughout their time with me, but do take time to examine the daily lesson plans, which are detailed for each grade in a PDF under Weekly Lesson Plans.
It is my intent with my lessons for my sixth graders to gently ease them into the middle school paradigm. They have been told nearly every step of the way of their elementary years - exactly what to do and how. The "box" is opened for further exploration of techniques they've learned.
By seventh grade, I expect students to be ready to step out on their own and seek greater methods for creative expression. I encourage collaboration and discussion in seventh grade. I also expect my seventh graders to be able to explain their rationale for their creative expression. Thoughts like, "I did it, because I like it that way."; must be examined for deeper meaning. I desire the students to think critically/analytically and embrace responsibility for their actions.
In eighth grade students are given full range for creative expression. Students initially move timidly, then realizing they are no longer bound by restricting guidelines, they are persuaded to scrutinize their reasoning for material choice and end product. They make connections for cause and effect. Students recognize the value of aesthetics. Many students understand that the process is just as valid as the end-product. They come to believe the possibilities are indeed, endless...
Non-representational, Surrealism, Geometry
Collage/Montage - minimum mixed media
Elements of Art, balance, pattern, critique, craftsmanship, rationale, theme, photomontage, compositing, Dadaism
CULTURE/ARTIST: Arabic, Middle Eastern, M.C. Esher, Scott Mutter, Henry Peach Robinson, Dali
25B, 26B, 27A
Realism, Art Production (Drawing to sculpture)
Elements of Art and Design, group activity, balance, critique, craftsmanship, rationale, theme, collaboration
CULTURE/ARTIST: Rembrandt, Seurat, Monet, Tim Burton, Michael Kutsche, Marion Peck, Karen Ika
25. A, 26.B.3d; 27A 3b
Surrealistic, Realistic or Abstract
Canvas portraits – mixed media -
Portrait Dolls – Sculpture, Background, middle ground and foreground
Principles of Design, value, critique, craftsmanship, perspective, color, types of art, composition, mood
CULTURE/ARTIST: American, European, and Asian; Archibald Motely, Monet, Frida Kahlo, Dali, Cindy Sherman
STANDARDS/ STATE GOALS:
25 A. 3d, 25 B. 3, 26B,3d. 26B, 27B