There are 3 art electives to choose from in eighth grade: Art 8, Art and the Media, and Art in America. To learn about all three art electives, you can play the short video below or click on the link. Underneath the video is additional information about Art and the Media, and Art in America.
what are the art electives
How can we integrate art and technology in a meaningful way? In the semester elective, Art and the Media, students will consider when to introduce technology to solve design problems that reflect their personal values and influence on popular culture or its affect on today’s generation. A variety of projects will be explored using traditional and digital media: painting, collage, sculpture, computer, digital photography, Photoshop Elements . . . Below are several art experiences, students may have in the classroom.
Students learned about different types of dreams and discovered what personal values they are motivated by like family, friendship, happiness, wealth . . . Students then visually represented one of their dreams in Photoshop Elements by creating a landscape with elements in the foreground, middle ground and background of their composition.
how can we use technology
why are dreams important
what are your values
Art in America has been changed from a full year to a semester elective that encourages students to challenge and discover their personal ideas about America by observing and creating works of art in a variety of styles: arts & crafts, applied arts, and fine arts. The concept of remembering and honoring people, places or events may also be explored by learning about different cultures, visionary artists and art media. Through other people's experiences and their own, students will have a much broader and better picture of this country. Below are several art experiences, students may have in the classroom.
Students were introduced to the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, and learned how a different culture in North America honors and celebrates the lives of the departed. Students also learned about the human skeletal structure and made their own calacas that represented someone they wanted to remember. Papier mache and other fleeting materials were used to symbolize the beautiful and fragile quality of life.
how can we honor people
what is abstract realism
how are we affected by design
Students learned about the contemporary American painter, Wolf Kahn and observed how he represented land realistically but captured his spiritual experience to his surroundings with abstract colors. Students then created their own landscape paintings by using abstract colors they were inspired by, and tried to unify and balance their colors, forms, values, textures and brushstrokes.