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Visual Arts

The Middle School Fine Arts program aims to provide students with a visual vocabulary in order for them to speak about their lives in a way that is authentic and meaningful. Students will have artistic experiences in a supportive studio. This climate allows our students to take risks in the creative process utilizing a wide range of materials. Gallery visits are regularly scheduled in the Hostetter Arts Center to teach students how to approach and read a work of art and to encourage a deeper engagement by regularly viewing masterworks. Students become open to the possibilities when they discover the transformative power of art in their lives. Our program allows students to find their voice through a supportive, confidence building arts curriculum.

Middle School Visual Arts Courses

Art 6

In Grade 6 students maintain an art journal to document their life stories. Weekly themes are assigned to aid in this process. Student artwork is shared in a positive non-judgmental format that is rich with specific feedback. Every student has the opportunity to become an acting curator of one of the group projects. In our studio time, skills in observational drawing, color theory, painting, sculpture, and design are developed. Students are introduced to previously unfamiliar materials to expand their knowledge. Assessment is based on individual improvement, willingness to be creative, and, most importantly, demonstrated effort.

Art 7

Students are introduced to the concept of art as language while building on traditional fine art practices. Grade 7 art students continue the practice of keeping an art journal to explore themes pertaining to their interests and passions. Journal homework is assigned weekly. During studio time, students develop their observational drawing skills and learn to explore the interior world of the imagination. Major projects include painting a personally meaningful image from observation or memory. The emphasis of this project is on the application of color theory as an expressive vehicle for storytelling. Gallery visits are scheduled in the Hostetter Arts Center on a regular basis. Student curators facilitate respectful discussions about the meaning and purpose of art. Assessment is based on individual improvement, willingness to be creative, and, most importantly, demonstrated effort.

Art 8: Drawing, Painting, and Mixed Media (Elective)

The studio art experience strives to create a balance between traditional skills and contemporary practices. Our requisite Art Journal practice emphasizes visual problem solving; strengthening this vital habit of mind. Studio projects may include graphic design, typography, pen and India ink illustration, ceramics, collage, and mixed media. Learning about Art History and Art News stems from our engagement with the Hostetter Art Gallery's changing exhibitions, and visiting artists as a first-hand resource.

Art and Nature 8 (elective)

Art and Nature students utilize the Pingry environment as their palette to make art in this course. Students observe, interpret, and interact with the environment and learn to communicate through artistic language. Students will collect interesting materials, such as colorful leaves, and make sculptures with these materials. Students will also create using photography, drawing and sculpture. A toolbox of hand tools when needed will give students experience in shop and studio practice. The course will culminate with students creating collaborative and individual outdoor sculptures.

Digital Filmmaking 8 (elective)

Students will be introduced to fundamental filming techniques and to the basics of editing using “Adobe Premiere” professional film editing software. Students will create a series of short films and will work both collectively and individually on these projects. They will explore thematic works, documentary, and narrative filmmaking genres. Students will be able to share their projects through YouTube and Morning Meetings.

Boy and girl creating clay sculptures.