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.
- 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.
- 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.