• Course Description

    Artists in the eighth grade art program will expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the art elements and principles of design in relationship to art history, art criticism, and studio activities. 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 and authoring artist statements.

    Grade Level(s): Eighth 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

    • Value
      • Students can use value to create two-dimensional artwork.
      • Students can use different drawing techniques to create value, such as stippling and crosshatching.

    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: Sculpture

    • Sculptural Tools and Materials
      • Students can use sculptural processes such as additive and subtractive methods; carving and modeling.
    • Sculpture Types
      • Students can identify similarities and differences between different types of sculpture; assemblage, high/low relief, and installation.

    Unit 4: Printmaking

    • Relief Printmaking Techniques
      • Students can use the reductive relief printmaking process to create an edition.

    Unit 5: 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 the differences between plastic clay, greenware, bisqueware, and glazeware.
    • Functional Versus Decorative
      • Students can identify the purposes of functional ceramics.
      • Students can identify the purposes of decorative ceramics.

    Unit 6: Understanding Art Worlds

    • Connecting Artistic Ideas and Work With Personal Meaning
      • Students can analyze how art reflects changing times, traditions, resources, and cultural uses.

    Date Last Revised/Approved: 2016