• Course Description

    Artists in the seventh grade art program will expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the art elements in relationship to art history and studio activities. Artists will be introduced to the principles of design. Studio activities will include both two- dimensional and three-dimensional formats. Artists will work with a range of media through various techniques. Students will embrace artistic practices aligned with the Eight Studio Habits, such as keeping a sketchbook and/or building a digital portfolio of their artwork.

    Grade Level(s): Seventh Grade

    Related Priority Standards (State &/or National):  Missouri Fine Arts Standards

    Essential Questions

    • How can art be used to solve problems?
    • Can you be creative without experiencing failure?
    • How can art be used to communicate?
    • What is beautiful? Interesting? Provocative?
    • How does art help us learn about people, culture, and time?

    Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas

    Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work

    • Creating art is a learning process from beginning to end.
    • Art is problem solving.
    • Failure is instructional.
    • Art is open-ended with multiple solutions.

    Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work.

    • Students consider a variety of criteria when analyzing and selecting art works for presentation.
    • Students select the means by which their art is displayed to their community.
    • Art is communication.

    Responding: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.

    • Various criteria-emotional,cultural, intellectual, etc.-come into play when evaluating artwork.
    • Art is communication.

    Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.

    • Art can enrich our daily lives.
    • Art has many interdisciplinary connections.
    • Art is in the world.
    • Visual literacy is necessary to decipher today's world.
    • Historical and cultural art can help us understand the people of different places and times.

    Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

    Unit 1: Drawing

    • Gesture
      • Students can use the technique of gesture drawing to plan and/or begin a two-dimensional artwork.
    • Drawing Tools & Materials
      • Students can use a variety of drawing tools and materials.

    Unit 2: Painting

    • Painting Techniques
      • Students can select and use different painting techniques using acrylic/tempera and watercolor as a finishing material for two and three dimensional artworks.
    • Painting Tools and Materials
      • Students can select and use appropriate painting materials such as the correct types of paint and brushes for two and/or three dimensional artworks.

    Unit 3: Ceramics

    • Clay Processes and Properties
      • Students can create a form using coil and/or slab construction.
      • Students can identify the appropriate point in the process to add detail.
      • Students can problem-solve construction issues with teacher support.
      • Students can identify when clay is plastic.
    • Ceramic Tools
      • Students can select and use the correct tool to build and/or decorate.
      • Students can use tools safely and responsibly.

    Unit 4: Sculpture

    • Sculptural Processes
      • Students can use sculptural processes with a focus on the additive sculptural process.
    • Sculptural Tools and Materials
      • Students can select and use a variety of sculptural tools and materials to create a three-dimensional artwork.

    Unit 5: Understanding Art Worlds

    • Connecting Artistic Ideas and Work With Personal Meaning
      • Students can analyze how art is influenced by understanding the time and place in which it was created, the available resources, and cultural uses.

    Date Last Revised/Approved: 2016