Art


Teacher: Ms. Shaby
Extra Help:         by appointment

Curriculum Overview

Grade 5
Fundamentals

Students take art class twice a week for one semester during the year. In grade 5, content covers fundamental art elements and principles and the development of skills using a variety of techniques, such as drawing, painting, printmaking and collage. Final projects ask students to create work that synthesizes and demonstrates their learning over the course of the semester. 

Grade 6
Structures & Surroundings

Students take art class twice a week for one semester during the year. In grade 6, units include Digital Photography, Architecture & Perspective Drawing. During Digital Photography, students learn how to use a compact digital camera. We learn about photographic composition and light while capturing images of our surroundings. During the Architecture unit, students explore structures from Ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the work of more recent influential architects. They design and build their own structure, taking inspiration from what we've learned. In the Perspective Drawing Unit, students use their designs as models to create drawings of structures in a setting.

Grade 7
Narrative Art

Students take art class twice a week for one semester during the year. In grade 7, students work towards the creation of a narrative piece - either an illustrated book or comic or a stop motion animated movie. Beginning with characters, students create the figure in both 2D and 3D. They practice animating the figure in the creation of a flip book. We learn about the process of storyboarding and explore how artists and filmmakers use camera angles and composition to help tell a visual story. Students work independently or in small groups to create a final narrative piece. Those who choose to make a stop motion animation use iPad minis and Stop Motion Pro to create their piece. 



Grade 8
Design

Students take art class twice a week for one semester during the year. In grade 8, students focus on design during three units: Furniture Design, Graphic Design & Fashion Design. Projects during each unit include: Chair Design Rubric, Type Design Rubric, and Recycled Fashion Rubric. Students create a digital presentation of one of their finished pieces using photo manipulation and editing apps on iPad minis. 











Current Rubrics & Other Documents

MS Art

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