Upper Moreland School District
Planned Course: 8th Grade Art
Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities
9.1 Production, performance and exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
9.2 Historical and Cultural contexts
9.3 Critical Response
9.4 Aesthetic Response
National Art Standards:
NS1. Understanding and apply media, techniques, and processes
NS2. Understanding of structures and functions
NS3. Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
NS4. Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
NS5. Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
NS6. Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
The goal of the Visual Art program is designed to enhance the artistic, creative and expressive qualities of all students. Art opportunities are provided for every child to learn the skills of creating, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating works of art. The Visual Art program will enable students to understand that art is a universal language interconnected to other content areas and cultures.
The eighth grade art program encourages independent explorations into the areas of computer animation, digital imaging, ceramics and large-scale sculpture. Project timelines are flexible to accommodate individualized units of study. Students will use computers and software to create animated movie sequences. Students will also learn basic digital imaging techniques using digital cameras and Photoshop. Large-scale, themed sculptures will be created using a variety of materials. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop more advanced ceramic skills.
Specific and measurable objectives directly related to the academic standards to be achieved by students:
Specific course objectives are related to the Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities and the National Visual Arts Standards.
Content to be used to reach objectives:
In order to offer a comprehensive, balanced art program students are offered a wide variety of materials and experiences at varied levels and interests.
In order to offer a comprehensive art education in which students will actively view, create, analyze, interpret and critique art and incoming visual stimuli, students are offered a wide variety of materials at varied levels and to accommodate many interests.
- LCD projector
- Computer work station(s)
- Art software
Shelving units for storage
Teacher created materials
A variety of art materials
A standards-based Visual Arts program requires that our students develop viewing and thinking processes that are self-directed, collaborative, creative, critical, and reflective. Development of skills in art production, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism, and in visual literacy will be developed through the following instructional activities:
- Differentiated instruction
- Audio-visual presentations
- Hands-on activities
- Cooperative learning
- Use of various tools and equipment
- Written and verbal critiques – self, peer, group
Estimated instructional time to be devoted to achieving objectives:
This class will meet daily for 49 minutes for approximately 9 weeks.
Procedures for measurement of student progress will include:
A variety of oral, written and performance assessments will be used to determine student progress.
An explanation of how student grades will be determined:
A student's grade will be determined by levels of participation, completion of projects, engagement with learning opportunities, critical thinking, and demonstration of skills. Assignments will vary in weight and will be used collectively to determine a student's grade.