Grades 6-8 Learning Expectations — Visual Arts

By the end of Eighth Grade, students are expected to:

  • Learn analytical observation skills.
  • Learn advanced techniques in creating surface texture and shading and use them in producing art.
  • Learn more advanced aspects of one- and two-point perspective and be able to combine them in an original composition.
  • Learn about proportion and be able to use it successfully in their compositions.
  • Explore drawing not representative of observed subject matter, including distortion, abstraction, transformation, and fragmentation of objects.
  • Learn to create and use tints and shades in a variety of media, such as watercolor, tempera, acrylic, and mixed media.
  • Explore different painting techniques in a variety of media.
  • Create a painting using the following process:  idea, sketching, technique experimentation, application of paint, analysis, and critique.
  • Explore techniques used in modeling and sculpture in a variety of media; students will use the correct techniques, tools, and vocabulary associated with each medium.
  • Plan and execute a three-dimensional project.
Arts Heritage
  • Understand the vocabulary used in visual arts, including line, form, space, color, shape, texture, and value.
  • Learn about the lives of artists and art history and make connections between styles, cultural influences, and historical periods.
  • Learn to problem solve through the planning and execution of projects.
  • Learn about opportunities in the field of art for both career and pleasure.
Creative Development
  • Learn about and explore the varied sources an artist can use in the development of his or her work.
  • Learn to implement experimentation and practice in developing a project.
  • Learn to constructively critique the work of artists, their peers, and themselves.
  • Loan their artwork for displays and art shows.