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Visual Arts - 8th Grade

Visual arts provide opportunities for creativity and expression, and help develop problem-solving and small motor skills. Art lessons include class discussions, literature, games, demonstrations, historical reference, and integration of the core curriculum, playful practice, and reflection.

Elements of Art
  • Color
  • Shape
  • Line
  • Form
  • Texture
  • Value
  • Space
Principles of Design
  • Pattern
  • Contrast
  • Emphasis
  • Balance
  • Movement
  • Rhythm
  • Unity
Mediums
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Collage
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Textile arts
  • Mixed media
  • Digital art
Subject Matter
  • Artists (contemporary and past)
  • Styles
  • Movements
  • World cultures
  • Architecture
  • Art history
  • Art vocabulary
  • Careers in visual art
  • Props and scenery for the 8th grade play performance
Skills, Strategies, Behaviors
  • Employ creative thinking
  • Creates original art that expresses their personal ideas
  • Understand how emotion and feeling can be conveyed through art
  • Continued understanding of color mixing
  • Recognize and name secondary colors
  • Continued understanding of warm and cool colors
  • Continued understanding of tints, shades, and tones
  • Continued understanding of complementary colors
  • Continued understanding of analogous colors
  • Continued understanding of one-point perspective
  • Beginning understanding of two-point perspective
  • Continued understanding of space and basic rules of perspective, foreground, middle round, and background
  • Continued exploration and utilize a variety of materials with increasing comfort and proficiency
  • Improve skills in seeing, noticing details, and discussing artwork
  • Understand that there are many different kinds of art
  • Be able to identify and create a variety of lines and shapes
  • Be able to identify implied and actual texture
  • Gain continued exposure to different kinds of art
  • Continued understanding of how things organized on the paper (the composition) effects the work of art
  • Beginning understanding of movement, rhythm, and unity
  • Beginning use of digital tools to research and create art
  • Be able to identify and show a direction of light in artwork through shading
  • Be able to look at works of art and discuss content and visual techniques
  • Understand that there is a variety of different kinds of art – from the most realistic to the most abstract
  • Before a project, have students sketch out various ways to organize the same images in a picture and discuss the different effects
  • Beginning ability with shading from dark to light
  • Beginning ability in facial proportion and figure proportion
  • Show works of art and have more in-depth discussion around how the artist used various techniques what the art is about, how content is related to historical context, and how the art makes us feel
  • Continued use of Sketchbooks to explore planning and ideas in art making
  • Self-assessment and reflection through writing, rubrics, and discussion
  • Construct
  • Cut
  • Glue
  • Draw
  • Sculpt
  • Paint
  • Print
  • Weave
Approaches to Learning
  • Demonstrations
  • Practice
  • Experimentation
  • Class discussions
  • Literature
  • Games
  • Reflection (oral or written)
  • Individual projects
  • Group projects
  • Open-ended projects or independent study