Eighth Grade Art Curriculum

Curriculum Emphasis:

The standards in grade eight focus on the synthesis and application of previously learned concepts. Using traditional and emerging technologies, students are able to apply more complex technical skills as they manipulate the elements of art and the principles of design, art media, and ideas. Students acquire art skills that enable them to make conscious choices of media and techniques for expressive purposes. Students produce works of art that are developed from preliminary ideas and sketches.

Standards of Learning Objectives (SOLs):

Visual Communication and Production

8.1       The student will create works of art that emphasize specific formal color relationships.

8.2       The student will further  expand and develop the use of the elements of art and the principles of design.

8.3       The student will use aerial perspective to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional drawing.

8.4       The student will use multiple-point perspective to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional drawing.

8.5       The student will use line to create value in a work of art.

8.6       The student will create three-dimensional works of art using a variety of themes and processes.

8.7       The student will identify and analyze the uses of typography in graphic arts.

8.8       The student will demonstrate skill in combining text and imagery using computer technology.

8.9       The student will create and maintain an art portfolio.

8.10       The student will apply ethical procedures in the execution of works of art.

Cultural Context and Art History

8.11       The student will identify and analyze art and architecture from various world cultures, periods, or civilizations by styles, symbolism, and technological impact.

8.12       The student will describe and place a variety of works in historical and cultural contexts.

8.13       The student will identify the role of artists in mass media.

8.14       The student will identify major art movements and influential artists according to geography, culture, and historical period.

Judgment and Criticism

8.15       The student will analyze the effect the elements of art and the principles of design have on the communication of ideas.

8.16       The student will investigate and discuss the use of social, cultural, and historical context as they contribute to meaning in a work of art.

8.17       The student will communicate how personal experiences influence critical judgments about works of art.

8.18       The student will critique personal work and the work of others in oral and written form using appropriate art vocabulary.

8.19       The student will provide evidence of the critical and artistic processes used to achieve final art solutions in personal works of art by documenting preparation, rough drafts, and final solutions.


8.20       The student will discuss and analyze the purposes, values, and meanings of works of art.

8.21       The student will formulate and respond to meaningful questions about works of art based upon observations and interpretations.

8.22       The student will describe personal sensory responses to the visual qualities of a work of art using appropriate art vocabulary.

Overview of Curriculum:

Upon the completion of the Eighth Grade Art Program, the student will:

I.  Demonstrate skill and understanding in:

       A.  Typography in graphic arts
       B.  Combining text and imagery using computer technology.
       C.  Crosshatching, stippling and textural patterns to create light and shade
       D.  Color theory
       E.  One and two point linear perspective
       F.  Optical illusions
       G.  Using a variety of themes and processes when making three-dimensional works of art .
       H.  Proportion in rendering natural forms and human figures
       I. Implied line
       J.  Distinguishing works of art that are representational, abstract, nonobjective.
       L.  Symmetrical and asymmetrical balance
       M. Printmaking techniques

II.  Appreciate and be aware of:
       A.  art history timeline
       B.  styles of art

III.  Possess a knowledge of:
      A.  Art vocabulary
      B.  Several computer graphics programs
      C.  Color theory
      D.  Sculptural techniques

IV.  Create:
      A.  2-D and 3-D works of art
      B.  Web portfolio

V.  Produce art work and demonstrate ability in:
      A.  Drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, crafts, ceramics and graphic design
      B.  Safety procedures appropriate for each process and medium
      C.  Proper use and care of tools and materials
      D.  Craftsmanship
      E.  Presentation and display of art work

VI.   Develop evaluative processes by:
      A.  Critiquing
      B.  Discussing art in reference to Elements of Art and Principles of Design
      C.  Distinguishing art style