Exploration in Art Grades 7-8

This is a foundation course which will involve students in a wide variety of two and three-dimensional media.

    Performing and Creating 
1-3, 4, 6  7a. Explore a variety of media using the elements of art (e.g., line, value, texture, form, color, shape and space).• Understand the use of color by demonstrating the ability to combine colors in a color wheel or design projects.
1-3, 4, 6  7b. Explore a variety of media emphasizing the principles of design (e.g., rhythm, movement, balance, composition, emphasis, contrast, unity).• Collaborate in small and large groups to design, develop, and discuss works of art.
1-3, 4, 6  7c. Develop an understanding of composition and design through the creation of two and three-dimensional art.• Develop a portfolio of artwork.
1-3, 4, 64-6, 81-51-7d. Demonstrate the ability to express ideas through visual arts, discussion, and writing. 
1-3, 4, 6 1, 47e. Use a variety of techniques, tools, and media to create individual art. 
1-3, 4, 6 1-42, 7f. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and usage of art through technology. 
1-641-4 g. Set, pursue, and readily adjust art-making goals by recognizing and judging new possibilities as they emerge. 
    History and Culture 
4, 51-81-51-7a. Discuss and critique artwork based on themes, topics, or issues.• Complete a piece of art around a theme, concept, idea, or issue.
4-61-81-51-7b. Discuss and critique artwork based on history and culture.• Integrate cultural, historical, or contemporary techniques into artwork.
     • Visit art shows, museums, galleries, or studios.

    Evaluation and Analysis 
2, 4, 581-51-7a. Understand and use criteria to evaluate the visual arts.• Critique artwork and respond verbally and/or in writing.
 1-81-51-7b. Communicate an understanding for a variety of styles and artistic expressions.• Interpret art through questions regarding the formal principles and elements of design.
1-681-51-7c. Exhibit appropriate behavior related to the art environment.• Interpret art by asking questions regarding concepts, ideas, and emotions.
    Aesthetic Perception 
 1-81-51-8a. Share feelings about artwork using visual vocabulary.• Identify the value and importance of art by using materials such as “Artery” or “Token Response.”
 1-81-51-8b. Recognize personal opinions regarding art using past and present experiences and culture.• Compare and contrast art created in a variety of cultural and historical contexts.
 1-81-51-8c. Communicate an understanding for a variety of artistic expressions.• Identify personally significant ideas; find and share an artistic example of each with class.
71-92-41-8d. Recognize how art influences everyday life.• Discuss issues related to aesthetics, artists, values in art, and other related topics.

• Concept assimilation and demonstration
• Participation in class
• Portfolio
• Rubric
• Safety habits
• Skill growth and manipulatives
• Time on task
• Working to assignment parameters