Grades 7 - 8
Students in grades 7 and 8 meet two times per week for art. They continue the history-based approach from 2nd - 6th grade, with additional focus given to skill development as preparation for the more rhetorical approach of high school art.
Students focus on the art of non-western cultures (”Beyond the Silk Road”). There is a specific geographic focus for each trimester, and students investigate the design qualities and art contributions of various major world cultures (sub-Saharan Africa, India, China/Japan/Korea, Russia and the Middle East) in many forms.
Students will begin their year by studying the art of the ancient world (Mesopotamian art, followed by an introduction to classical elements of Greek art). They then progress to the western hemisphere to discover Meso-America, investigating art forms from Native America/First Nations.