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Art at the Junior High Level

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The primary goal of the art program in the junior high school, for grades 7 and 8, is to allow students to continue to develop an appreciation for and an understanding of various art disciplines, and to continue exploring the art forms as an opportunity for personal expression.

Instruction builds on the foundation of the art curriculum in the elementary level and prepares students for high school study in art. Two and three-dimensional concepts are taught as they relate to the elements and principles of art and design. Students will solve a variety of problems involving sculpture, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and computer generated art. Art appreciation and history, as well as art criticism is part of the JHS Art curriculum. Art homework and sketchbook assignments will further enhance the program. Art is provided on an everyday basis for a 10-week period.

Accelerated Studio Art

Studio Art, a high school level course, is an introduction to a variety of art disciplines. Although  2-dimensional design is a major focus, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, advertising and digital media are integral parts of the curriculum. Art history, appreciation, and art criticism round out the program. Studio Art is required of all students planning a 5 unit high school art sequence, and it meets the art requirement for graduation. Homework and sketchbook assignments are required. Taken in eighth grade, admission for this option is based on teacher evaluation of a student’s performance in grade 7 Art using a defined set of criteria, as well as permission of the department supervisor. An art sequence commitment is expected for high school, beginning with Drawing & Painting in grade 9. Since this course earns a high school credit, the attendance policy in effect at the high school applies to this course. Enrollment in Accelerated Studio results in scheduling limitations for other content electives, accelerated options, and study hall. We encourage students and parents discuss any concerns about scheduling with their guidance counselor.