Fine Arts

In the Fine Arts Program, students develop creative skills, critical appreciation, knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies, and skills to communicate ideas. The Fine Arts Program develops students' sense of personal and cultural identity, and equips them for lifelong involvement in the arts. The Fine Arts Program focuses on developing the students' abilities to understand the role of art in the society, communicate individual ideas through the arts, use arts skills and processes, and evaluate and respond to fine art.

We believe students construct meaning best in Fine Arts when they:

  • are exposed to and develop an appreciation of fine arts from a variety of cultures and time periods.
  • understand the role of fine arts in society.
  • make connections between the fine arts and other subjects, previous learning and other life experiences.
  • are encouraged to use appropriate subject vocabulary.
  • explore skills, techniques, processes, conventions and technologies of the fine arts.
  • generate works that communicate ideas.
  • use creative and cooperative problem solving skills in the development of their works.
  • are given the opportunity to use their aesthetic understanding to respond to, reflect on and evaluate the fine arts.
  • are given opportunities to build self confidence and to discuss their opinions about their own and others' works.

Fine Arts teachers agree to provide students opportunities to:

  • discuss fine arts from a variety of cultures and time periods for each unit of study.
  • identify ways in which fine art is used in society, and the way in which fine art reflects society.
  • discuss and express personal experiences and opinions.
  • experience new vocabulary in both verbal and written forms.
  • create works using a wide variety of media.
  • explain the purpose and meaning of created works.
  • solve problems they encounter by using research skills, teacher assistance, cooperation with others or practice.
  • respond to, reflect on and evaluate works in a written or oral form for each unit of work.
  • evaluate their own art work orally or in writing during and upon completion of their work.
  • experience visual and aural demonstrations during class.

Two Dimensional Art (Elective)

Semester Course (every other day); Grades 7 and 8

Students in this class will explore various media with an emphasis on drawing, painting, printmaking, and graphic art. With past experiences as a foundation, students will continue to develop their skills of seeing, understanding, and making judgments about their own work as well as others. Students will learn to use art vocabulary and to become familiar with various artists and art movements. Ideas and inspiration for the students' art work will be derived from their imagination, observations, life experiences, and memories. Sketch book drawing assignments will also be used to support ideas, skills, and concepts. Students enrolled in this course for the first semester will take Three Dimensional Art the second semester, or vice versa.

Three Dimensional Art (Elective)

Semester Course (every other day); Grades 7 & 8

Students work with the pottery wheel and hand building method of clay construction. Specific hand building projects are assigned. Students may also be required to make a puppet that has arms that move and will work with pewter to create jewelry. Although the productive realm of art education seems to be the core of this course, the cultural, historical and critical realms are also part of the program. Quality is emphasized over quantity.

Mechanical Drawing(Elective)

Semester Course (every other day); Grades 7 and 8

This course introduces students to the basic principles and practices used in the drafting industry. Students will have an opportunity to develop and strengthen their technical drawing, applied math, and geometry skills. The course emphasizes the proper use of drafting instruments, and techniques to create neat and accurate drawings of design products. Many of these same skills will be applied to the construction and design of model truss bridges that students will test for stress and strength through a class competition.

Middle School Choir and Bells (Elective)

Semester Course (every other day); Grades 7 and 8

This course aims at developing three basic styles of playing: legatto, staccato, and marcato. It trains the student in proper attack and releasing of notes. The student will learn reading music by sight in all keys through the use of bells and singing. The course will expose them to all types of music from baroque to contemporary popular styles. The students perform several times throughout the year with the Spring and Christmas concerts being the largest. They also participate in the Kanto Plains Choral Festival and a choral retreat. Opportunities to learn various choral techniques are provided by exposure to leading contemporary composers and conductors.

Middle School Band (Elective)

Year Course (every other day); Grades 7 and 8

This class provides students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform concert band music literature at an intermediate level. The Middle School Band often performs for the school and local community. The student will be musically challenged and prepared for the advanced music in the High School.