September 28, 2016
7th Grade — Visual Arts

Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of visual arts media to 
convey emotions and ideas. Weekly visits to the art classroom encourage creative expression and problem solving, and reinforce the importance of community. Lessons encourage students to think like an artist and apply methods and techniques which build skills and allow young artists to create with confidence.

Techniques and media include painting landscapes, shading with pencil and colored pencil; creating color and texture by layering colored pencil; repoussé and chasing with tooling foil; sculpting with clay; creating 3D patterns, textures, and designs; and drawing human features in a realistic style. Specific media may include painting with acrylics; drawing with colored pencil and pencil; slab building, modeling, and glazing clay; and permanent inks over tooled metal.

Concepts include using highlights and shading to depict the effect of light on form, experimenting to depict texture, mixing and layering colored pencil, tooling techniques to build height, depth, and texture in a bas-relief, and capturing a realistic likeness working from a photo, planning a painting with consideration of paint opacity and transparency.

Projects are designed to build skills and confidence while making space for individual expression and fostering imagination. Projects can vary from year to year and may include tooled metal fall leaves, sunset paintings on canvas, colored pencil drawings of rainforest animals, clay birds, and black and white pencil portraits of famous people rendered in a realistic style.