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Art Essential Skills

Essential skills are the MINIMUM that we expect ALL students to leave 8th grade art with.  The values we should be looking for in the essential skills are: Endurance (they have value beyond this year), Leverage (They have value beyond this class), and Readiness (they will need this for school next year). The essential skills should be what we are teaching and assessing. We will go beyond these in our classrooms.

Essential Learning for HSE Art, Junior High Level
1. Generate, conceptualize, organize, and develop artistic ideas and work.
2. Relate artistic ideas and works to knowledge, personal experiences, societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.  
3. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. 
4. Organize, develop, refine, and complete artistic work. 
5. Perceive and analyze artistic work.

8th Grade Full Year Essential Learning
Students will be able to:
  • Recognize and apply the following Art & Design Principles: Balance, Unity, Rhythm, and Contrast.
  • Recognize Art Philosophies: Formal, Imitational, Emotional, and Instrumental.
  • Understand, utilize, and apply basic clay hand-building techniques.
  • Understand the importance of and utilize sketches for planning Art
  • Transform a 2D sketch into a 3D form.
  • Recognize and apply Photography “rules of composition” to personal photos; discover and apply digital editing techniques.
  • Draw an object from life.
  • Apply artist’s styles to personal work; gain an understanding of, practice, and apply the artistic process.
  • Generate and develop original ideas for personal work from a variety of sources.
  • Apply student voice and choice into projects.
  • Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding. 
  • Choose and experiment with a variety of mediums.
  • Demonstrate care of all materials and supplies.
7th Grade Full Year Essential Learning
Students will be able to:
  • Identify and apply the 7 elements of art.
  • Identify and apply 4 principles of art (Movement, Unity, Balance, and Rhythm).
  • Demonstrate and apply proper clay hand building techniques.
  • Demonstrate understanding of a reduction relief.
  • Properly use a ruler to draw a ½ inch and 1 inch grid.
  • Transfer a photograph into a drawing using the grid method.
  • Successfully mix and paint a 6 to 7 step monochromatic value scale.
  • Transform a 2D sketch into a 3D form.
  • Demonstrate care of all materials and supplies.
  • Apply student voice and choice into projects.
  • Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
  • Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
  • Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding. 
  • Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

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Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides excellence in education and opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.

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