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Middle school arts program

Arts instruction in our middle schools follows a sequential body of content knowledge and skills that broadens learners' understanding of visual expression. Adolescents explore, organize, understand, and evaluate their abilities in art. As they observe and discuss visual environments, they extend and deepen the basis of their knowledge of art. They learn to value curiosity and to appreciate flexibility in their thinking and decision-making.

Middle school courses lay the foundation for work at the high-school level by providing students with opportunities to:

  • Express ideas, thoughts, and feelings

  • Explore a wide variety of media

  • Collaborate on group projects

  • Relate art to social, environmental, and political issues

Art as a means of self-expression is of primary importance in the middle school. Students grow more independent in the process of producing artworks that are meaningful to them. They also mature in their abilities to observe, experience, and express themselves in effective and innovative ways. Teachers encourage exploration and experimentation and consciously individualize instruction to meet the varied needs of their students. Students engage in complex problem solving and creative thinking as they examine ideas relevant to the study of art.

Students' appreciation of art deepens in middle school. Teachers provide many opportunities for students to experience contemporary art, works from the past, and artwork from other cultures.

Learners develop a deeper understanding of other cultures through their exposure to many different cultural notions of art. Students learn the use of a variety of tools and techniques as they learn to elaborate and manipulate images and ideas to create original works of art.

With strong links to English Language Arts and Social Studies, students are provided a rich background of connectiveness of curriculum content as they move through the middle school art curriculum

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