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.

Art and the MediaTechnology is a tool

semester elective

dreamscape:photoshop elements


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.

dreamscape unit


how can we use technology

why are dreams important

what are your values

pop culture:portrait painting


Students learned how to represent and identify different values or the lightness and darkness of a color, and proceeded to learn how to mix a variety of hues: tints, shades, analogous and complementary. Students then created an abstract image in Photoshop Elements of a person, animal or object they admired in or out of the media, and later drew and painted it at a larger scale.

pop culture unit


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.

Art in AmericaPicturing America

semester elective

Día de los Muertos:folk art


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.

Día de los Muertos unit


how can we honor people

what is abstract realism

how are we affected by design

Wolk Kahn:landscape painting


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.

Wolf Kahn unit

Dale Chihuly:glass and ceramics


Students learned about the visionary glass artist, Dale Chihuly, and how he challenged the medium by experimenting with the scale, color and form of his asymmetrical sculptures and installations. Students then created their own organic forms with clay and also experimented with glazes or colored glass to create a class installation.

Dale Chihuly unit

Frank Gehry:contemporary architecture


Students were introduced to Canadian American Frank Gehry, a contemporary architect based in Los Angeles. After observing his experimental design process of manipulating models, students created their own models of a building showing a concept with form, color, texture and essential details. Another part of the project was to design an environment that complemented their buildings.

Frank Gehry unit