Hello Middle School Families,
Happy goal setting week! It is not possible for me to conference with the whole parent population, but I do want to let you know what my goals are for your children in art class. Below you will find some bullet points and vocabulary about the themes we will be discussing and exploring during the middle school years in my mixed media elective courses. The more you can connect with your child at home about what they doing in art class the more you will be able to see and understand your student’s artistic development.
Middle School Art Lessons:
•Exploring the color wheel and learning how to use color schemes: monochromatic, complementary, triadic, analogous, and split complementary colors.
•How to use various painting techniques to suggest value, depth and implied texture in work.
•Learn the eight studio habits of mind: developing craft, engaging and persisting, envisioning, expressing, observing, reflecting, stretching, exploring and understanding.
•Analyzing how the principles of art are combined to communicate meaning in the creation of, presentation of, or response to visual artworks.
•Artists integrate the characteristics of the tools of a selected media in original artworks to support artistic purposes.
•Artists can emphasize the subject of their artwork and make it aesthetically pleasing to the viewer by arranging composition.
•Using the rule of thirds and the golden ratio.
•How to use perspective to suggest depth within work.
•How to use the tools, materials and techniques of various 2D and 3D media to make intentional choices and original art.
•Using hierarchy, proportion and overlapping to create depth in work.
•Photography terms, rule of thirds, depth of field, cropping and composition.
•How to make three dimensional objects while learning various ceramic techniques.
•The elements of art: line, shape, color, space, value, form, and texture.
•The principles of art: pattern, balance, contrast, movement, emphasis, rhythm, unity.
•Discovering the characteristics of art history periods and movements.
Middle School Art Vocabulary
glaze and underglaze
Many other topics and vocabulary will also be discussed throughout the year. Also I like to use art as a vehicle for teaching critical thinking and life skills that are so important in the middle school. On the first day of art class we always revisit my lesson that there are no mistakes in art. This is a way of helping kids feel safe and understand that practice and failure are not things to be afraid of. When a mistake happens we learn from it. This helps students trust the process and not to be too focused on the outcome. When problems or misunderstanding arise art helps us to talk about and process these emotions. Art helps us to feel less alone and gives us a voice, it re-balances us, it helps us gain perspective and it keeps us hopeful.
Students in middle school share their work and learn how to participate in critiques. This gives students an opportunity to develop a sense of personal style and taste. While also learning how to have a dialogue about art and how to give feedback and support to their peers. At the end of the year in May we have a culminating art show. On Art Night we transform the class rooms into gallery spaces. Students pick a favorite piece from the year that we will display. I need a lot of parent help getting the work hung so please contact me if you are interesting in helping out.
That’s my plan for the year in a nutshell, I hope this gives you a quick glimpse into what my curriculum looks like. My classroom is choice based and students learn at various stations. If you would like to come in and volunteer and help run one of these stations any time your child has art class I would love to have your help. You can email me at email@example.com or just pop in on the day of. You can also stay informed of what is going on in my room by visiting my blog: allisonmariebellhoyt.wordpress.com.
Looking forward to another great year of art with your kids!