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 Tuesday, November 10th!

During Term 2 in 8th Grade, students will be developing their independent projects for their final exhibition at the Vera Art Gallery, Seattle Center on March 31st. We have been exploring questions around artistic process, including what is necessary to feed our imaginations and support our ideas? To help build their projects, students will have to consider everything from materials and process to concept and artistic influences–take a look at the Term 2 Curriculum.

There’s no better way to get inspired than by looking at art first hand. So on Tuesday, we will be going on our annual 8th Grade Art Walk. We will begin the day at the Art Exchange gallery to view an exhibition including work by local artist, Louie Gong. This exhibition will connect with an ongoing SJCU project that integrates art and identity. This project was recently featured in NWAIS Inspiration Lab! After this stop we will be exploring other galleries in the area. The main goals are for students to get inspired and pay close attention to what makes particular works interesting to them.


Reminders for the Art Walk

*Departing SGS at 10:30

*Wear comfortable shoes!

*Bring a sack lunch!

*Be prepared for rain showers!

*Students need a pencil and writing surface (notebook/clipboard)

*Please contact 8th Grade teachers if early dismissal is needed!

8th Grade: Creating with Nature at Warm Beach

The Eighth Graders created art in the landscape last week Warm Beach Camp.  Their goal was to create a site-specific work of art using only the natural materials in the vicinity.  These creations were a response to their surroundings, and the project was intended to encourage them to think of new, unexpected ways of creating.  As these students embark upon their individual artistic journeys, time is spent in the first term looking at the tremendous variety of artistic expression.  For this mini-project, we looked at the artist, Andy Goldsworthy.  Enjoy the pics!

 

Realizing A Vision 2013: Congratulations 8th Graders

          This 8th Grade class truly embraced the artistic freedom they had been craving.  Their individuality and unique perspectives had the gallery bulging at the seams.  Venturing beyond their comfort zones, they demonstrated confidence and courage by experimenting with unfamiliar techniques and processes, and they worked through obstacles and embraced their mistakes as new directions.  They created with optimism and joy as the studio was often filled with laughter and song.  The positivity energy and creative spirit felt daily in the art studio was truly reflected in this exhibition.

Below is a sampling of images from the opening reception. Enjoy!

Liza, Melise, Flynn, Malina, and Maddie enjoying the reception!

Liza, Melise, Flynn, Malina, and Maddie enjoying the reception!

 

Paige next to her striking light installation!

Paige next to her striking light installation!

 

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

 

Evelyn's paper crane installation

Evelyn’s paper crane installation

Parents brought wonderful food for the reception!

Parents brought wonderful food for the reception!

 

Liza in front of her awesome giant mustache!

Liza in front of her awesome giant mustache!

 

Vera Project:Installation View

Vera Project:Installation View