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Sixth Grade Art Program
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester

The sixth grade art program builds on the visual art experiences that are offered to students in our five elementary schools. Students are encouraged to work creatively with a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art materials that we know will excite and challenge students at this grade level. Students will learn the importance of risk-taking and decision-making related to their original work.

Visual skills required for the effective use of unity, emphasis, contrast, balance, repetition, and variety and skills related to the use of color, space, value, texture and line will be developed. These are the basic fundamentals of all art making. Students will also learn to think, write and talk critically about their own artwork and the work of others. Students will participate in discussions and teacher presentations that are designed to increase their ability to appreciate and understand a wide variety of contemporary and historical art forms. Art history will be used to support hands-on activities and to provide a cultural context for students’ art projects. At this grade level, technical skills associated with the use of paint, pencil, pastel, collage, mixed media, clay, paper mache and wire have increasing importance in the pro- gram.

The sixth grade program at McCall is part of a K-12 curricular continuum that carefully blends student self-expression, skill development, art appreciation, and integration with other disciplines.

 
Seventh Grade Art Program
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester

The art program for seventh graders consists primarily of hands-on activities that give students opportunities for self-expression and creativity. The general program is designed to benefit all students regard- less of their drawing skills or the degree of their artistic ability. Art education is viewed as an effective means to heighten all students’ critical thinking skills, decision-making skills, risk-taking ability, and their appreciation of beauty in all of its forms. As part of a K-12 art curriculum continuum, the seventh grade art program also prepares students for the elective art program at Winchester High School.

Seventh grade art experiences include painting, drawing, mixed media, clay and paper mache. To sup- port and broaden these hands-on activities, students will be exposed to the works of famous artists throughout history. Concepts related to linear perspective drawing and portraiture are explored. Stu- dents will be required to think and talk critically about their own work and the work of others. Students will continue to learn to “speak” a visual language consisting of the art principles of unity, emphasis, contrast, balance, repetition and variety and the art elements of color, space, value, texture and line. Teachers will connect learning in art to learning in other subject areas. The McCall art teachers are experienced teachers and artists who recognize the multiple benefits that making art gives to students at this grade level: providing satisfaction in the production of unique, creative art work; and providing opportunities for non-verbal self-expression and active learning.

The Seventh Grade Creative Art Workshop
This full year elective program within the seventh grade art program offers an accelerated curriculum for some seventh grade students. Students are recommended by the art teachers at McCall based on a review of each student’s interest, dedication and ability level. These students are given opportunities to explore certain materials, techniques and concepts in depth and for additional time within the seventh grade exploratory program. Materials and processes may include drawing media, metals, clay and Paris Craft. This elective includes exposure to visiting artists and participation in museum and studio field trips.

 
Eighth Grade Art Program
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester

The eighth grade program is designed with respect to the possibility that this could be the last art program some students will experience. This is balanced with the awareness that some students will elect art courses at the High School and that some will even progress through the High School’s sequential art pro- gram culminating in Honors Art and/or Senior Honors Art. It is important, therefore, that all eighth grade students develop a sense of the vital role that visual art plays in their lives as both creators and appreciators.

This course builds upon prior art studio experience. The program offers a rich variety of hands-on activities that challenge students to think critically, to problem solve and to express ideas and feelings to others. Art materials are chosen for their ability to interest and to excite students at this grade level. Printmaking, sculpture (clay, wire, wood, plaster, found object), painting, and drawing are some of the techniques and media explored.

The art curriculum blends the following components of art education to give students a comprehensive art experience in the eighth grade: Hands-on activities which stress active learning, creativity, self-expression and skill-building; Art history instruction which introduces students to the art work of accomplished artists and the artistic contributions of various cultures; Integrated projects that connect to themes and learning in other subject areas being taught at McCall.

McCall art teachers, as both experienced art teachers and as working artists, bring these components together in ways that are compelling and comprehensible to students.


The Eighth Grade Creative Art Workshop
This full year elective program within the eighth grade art program offers an accelerated curriculum for some eighth grade students. Students are recommended by the art teachers at McCall based on a review of each student’s interest and ability level. These students are given opportunities to explore certain materials, techniques and concepts in depth and for additional time within the eighth grade exploratory pro- gram. This elective includes exposure to visiting artists and participation in museum and studio field trips (such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY). This course provides a strong foundation for further visual arts study at the high school level.