MIDDLE SCHOOL | 7TH AND 8TH GRADE ART
Although 6th grade Art is not a prerequisite, it is beneficial to have completed before enrolling in 7th and 8th grade Art. 7th and 8th grade Art is a further exploration of Art using knowledge previously introduced to students in elementary and 6th grade Art. Students will learn more about the Elements and Principles of Art and will create many works of art using a variety of media including some sculpture. Throughout the year, they will complete weekly sketchbook assignments, which will be due every Friday, and several art projects. Students will continue to learn more of the academic side of art through the art textbook and new digital site-ArtTalk and Scholastic Arts Magazine. Students are graded on a combination of classwork, sketchbook assignments, projects, and daily participation.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART
This class is for the serious art student who is looking to work on the college level. These students MUST be self motivated because much work will have to be done outside of class. Assignments are given to students in the spring before they leave for the summer. These assignments are discussed with the teacher in class during the first few weeks of school. Several prescribed projects will be assigned during the first 6 weeks of school. After that projects will get more and more open ended until by the third 6 weeks, students are beginning to define their concentration and begin working on pieces for their individual concentration projects. Ultimately students create a portfolio including 12 pieces for the “breadth” section showing the variety of work they can do and media in which they can work and 12 pieces for the “concentration” showing serious focus and growth in artwork based on a particular subject. Student’s portfolios will be completed with 5 “quality” pieces. Student’s complete their AP Art year with a student show of their pieces. Portfolios are judged by the Advanced Placement Institute and students may earn college credit if they score well on their portfolio.
NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY
The middle school students at ELCA are eligible to be a part of the National Junior Art Honor Society. This program was specifically designed to help generate interest in art programs to inspire, encourage, and recognize the younger art student. When a student completes their junior membership they are encouraged to begin anew with a membership in the National Art Honor Society for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art areas, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. For students to achieve high standards, art programs must maintain a substantive focus by choosing art content that includes complex problem solving and higher order thinking skills, and serious alignment of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development that results in student learning. Participation in these programs is a mark of accomplishment in the school and community and is well recognized by institutions when your students apply for entry into colleges or universities. NAHS BY-LAWS