Art electives are offered in the following categories for students in Grades 7 and 8: digital arts, performing arts, visual arts, and music. Students select these courses in the spring by rank ordering their choices in an electronic form, sent through email. All students will be placed in three courses, one each trimester. Performing arts classes prepare for an ensemble performance either large or small during the term.
Digital and visual art studio classes are designed for individual creativity on project-based work; and appreciation classes cover the history and significance of key genres, artists, or movements within the chosen discipline.DIGITAL ARTS
Computer Programming VISUAL ARTS
Students in Computer Programming will use Alice 3, a 3-D programming language, to manipulate objects to create animated games and stories. By the end of the course, students will have created several story scene animations and interactive games.
Robotics - Winter Trimester
Students in Robotics will learn how to build and program a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot using various Lego parts, motors, and sensors. Students will enhance their problem solving skills as they work to get their robot to perform certain tasks and find solutions to real world problems. Students interested in the robotics club should take this course.
Arts & Bots
Students in Arts & Bots will combine craft materials and a Hummingbird Robotics kit to create a unique robot that they will animate by programming sensors, motors, servos, and LEDs. Students will also use various digital tools to help them brainstorm and design components of their robot.
Creators and Curators of Your Digital Self
Students in this course will learn the historical background of various social media, create authentic content that would be appropriate for online publishing, and curate online content to encourage lifelong learning. Students will create videos, infographics, memes, blog posts, and other digital work, as well as create a collection of digital resources based on their own interests and passions.
Intermediate - Explorations in Art
Based in skill and technique building with various tools. Referencing historical content and how contemporary art makers use the past to build the work of today. This course explores a range of mediums from drawing and painting to digital painting, 3-D design and street art or urban contemporary art. Students will gain an understanding of the tools they are using as well as an introduction to multiple mediums and how they can work in tandem with one another.
Making Work with Non-Traditional Materials
This course focuses on collecting objects to make sculptures/3-D design pieces that come from primitive and contemporary work. Examining the sculptural form, problem solving, and architectural forms of the following architects influences student creation: Antonio Gaudi, Frank Gehry, Louise Nevelson, Jean Dubuffet, Joseph Beuys, and Robert Rauschenberg.
Urban Contemporary and Found Object Art
The course examines the perspective and work of the following outsider artists or non–mainstream artists who are self taught and therefore not formally trained: Thornton Dial, Lonny Holly, Bill Traylor, and Madge Gill. Paint and objects found in the environment are assembled in this type of art to express the artist’s message.
Ceramics: Hand Building
Projects in this class include: research and create an African mask employing soft and hard slab construction techniques; create an aquatic animal of your choice by utilizing pinching techniques; craft a “replica” of an ancient Grecian vessel using the coil method and sgraffito decorating; and combine all introduced techniques and create a “personal” art piece as a final project.
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing
Students will concentrate their studio work on the wheel. Units include: an introduction of basic throwing techniques (center, enter, open, raise, and form); rudimentary thrown vessels will be created focusing on proportion and wall thickness; a variety of glazing applications will be introduced (dip, pour, trail, brush, stain, and spray); and composite pieces will be presented toward the end of the trimester (lids, handles, and spouts). Priority registration is given to students in Grade 8.