8th Grade

8th Grade Art

Term 1: Process, Brainstorming, Inspiration
Building ideas for individual projects

Term Description: Term 1 of 8th Grade Art focuses on broadening the students’ sense of what is possible in art and gaining an improved understanding of one’s role within the creative process. Students engage with art history and contemporary art through internet research and by visiting local art galleries—this is intended to give students ideas for their Term 2 individual projects. At the beginning of the term, students engage in personalized projects, designed from a personal reflection. Next, they create a “Point of Departure” project, working from specific points of personal interests. The goal is for students to complete Term 1 knowing how to generate ideas and approach the creative process with greater confidence.

Understandings:

  1. To generate independent artistic work, one must take an active role in the creative process, including looking at other artists and connecting to personal interests.
  2. Planning and preparation through drawing and sketching helps generate and solidify ideas.

Skills:

  1. Can you demonstrate the ability to generate ideas and problem solve through brainstorm sketching, research, asking questions, and using feedback?
  2. Can you connect artwork that inspires you to your own creations (visually or conceptually)?
  3. Did you identify specific design fundamentals in your work and the work of others? Can you describe how design enhances the experience of the work?
  4. Can you identify and did you improve the individualized art skills specific to your individualized projects?
  5. Did you demonstrate consistent timelines, focus, and commitment to group clean-up as part of your overall work-habits?

8th Grade Art Walk

Today, the 8th Grade visited numerous art galleries in and around the TK Artists Lofts near Pioneer Square. The goal of our field trip was to find ideas and inspiration for students’ independent projects, and students created sketches and collected information about works of art they enjoyed. We surprisingly battled cold weather and even snow, but the entire class stayed positive and came away with some positive experiences that will hopefully continue to shape their artistic vision for the year.  Here are some pictures from the day:

to find ideas and inspiration for students’ independent projects, and students created sketches and collected information about works of art they enjoyed. We surprisingly battled cold weather and even snow, but the entire class stayed positive and came away with some positive experiences that will hopefully continue to shape their artistic vision for the year.  Here are some pictures from the day:

 

8th Grade: Second Term Final Projects Underway!

Term Overview:

The primary goal of Art in Term 2 is for students to define art for themselves, creating personal connections to art through the development of unique, independent projects. Their process involves brainstorming and research as they strive to develop multiple works around a common theme or concept. They seek inspiration from other artists and strive to sustain their creative ideas long enough to acquire new skills, overcome obstacles, and make discoveries. This term culminates with an art exhibition, where their work is paired with a written artist statement describing their experience and artistic goals.

So far this term, students have set a direction for their work by beginning a project description that will evolve into a polished artist statement. They have also been making sketches and researching other artists for inspiration. Some have begun the first steps of laying out their ideas to begin their projects, ranging from video art, photography, realistic and abstract painting, computer illustration, and mixed media. Enjoy these pictures from the studio!

8th Grade: Point of Departure Project

8th Graders are currently working on two projects designed to build skills around brainstorming and developing personal ideas as they strive to create original works in preparation for Term 2, where they will be creating a series of thematically interconnected works for a culminating art exhibit. For their first project, students worked on a customized project connected to skills they wanted to learn and personal interests. Students worked with a variety of materials and built skills ranging from realistic drawing to mixed-media and photoshop. For their second project, Point of Departure, students created their own works based on individual experiences and a specific artistic reference. Projects range from Van Gogh inspired trees, paintings of the night sky, Banksy like stencils, and mixed media works inspired by the series, Stranger Things. The goal is for each student to make work that is unique and personally relevant while allowing them to build specific art skills.