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Arts in the Middle School

Arts in the Middle School

The US Secretary of Education recently published a report on "The Value Added Benefits of the Arts," in which he states, "Studies have shown that arts teaching and learning can increase student's cognitive and social development. The arts can be a critical link for students in developing the crucial thinking skills and motivations they need to achieve at higher levels."

Visual Arts in the Middle School

Visual Art in the Middle School

Middle school art focuses on skills development, building confidence and increasing imagination through a series of projects. Students explore various media, two dimensional design, and three dimensional sculpture.

Grade Five

Unity and variety are introduced as principles of design with emphasis on color, shape, contrast and details. All elements and principles of art are committed to memory. Written and oral critiques reach maturity as the language of art is implemented through two and three- dimensional projects incorporating perspective and advanced color mixing. Paper cutting with matte knives and digital editing are introduced. Special projects include Panamanian paper molas, photo-realistic self-portraits, and pop art sculptures inspired by Warhol and Oldenburg.

Grade Six

Project 1

The first project focuses on scale and perspective related to landscape painting. The landscape collage begins with a lesson about scale and perspective. Students choose a master landscape artist from whom to draw inspiration. Each student studies a chosen painting in a series of drawings. The final composition is a painted paper collage showing scale and overlapping to convey depth.

Concepts:perspective, horizon line, scale and overlapping
Skills: painting, drawing, cutting and gluing.
Art history: landscape and seascape painters and printmakers

Project 2

The second project is a texture sampler. Students explore various printmaking and drawing methods to capture visual textures. Each student designs a shape or unit as a template to trace on all her textures. She creates textures using rubbing, printmaking and computer generated methods. She then cuts out each texture and composes a “creative” grid while maintaining an active negative space.

Concepts: texture, grid, negative space, value, balance
Skills: printmaking, drawing, frottage, gluing, designing and composing
Art History: tessellations, mosaics, quilts, grid structures in art, modern art and graphic design

Grade Seven

The Grade 7 project focuses on the study of one animal through various media. Students study an animal of choice through a variety of media including graphite drawing, watercolor, pastel and paper mache sculpture. They are directed to capture the gesture, proportions, textures, and colors of the chosen animal. Girls use iPads and books to find visual resources from which to study.

Concepts: gesture, color, texture, form and proportion
Skills: drawing, painting, fabricating/ construction and research
Art History: animals in art

Grade Eight

Project 1

The first project focuses on self-portraiture through various media, understanding concepts such as proportion and sculpture.

Self-portraits
Students make a series of self-portraits using a variety of materials such as graphite, colored pencils, and watercolor crayons. Each portrait focuses on a different concept such as proportion, form, and emotional and/or symbolic color.

Concepts: proportion, form, emotional/symbolic color
Skills: drawing, painting, blending color, synthesis of idea/materials
Art History: portraits and self-portraits of artists in many cultures and in many media

Project 2

Found Object Head
Students look at what is essential to convey the idea of “head”. They then begin to gather found materials to construct a head that can be viewed 360 degrees, stand on its own, and can be read as a head by the viewer.

Concept: What is essential to make a head?
Skills: construction, gluing and synthesizing disparate materials.
Art History: assemblage, found object art, sculpture, dada art (c.1910)

Music in the Middle School

In the Middle School Music classroom, we expand our knowledge of music history, theory, and performance by listening to instrumental music recordings, playing the guitar, singing songs from around the world, performing a full-scale musical, and analyzing musical form and texture. The grade-level choruses prepare for two choral concerts and numerous other appearances each year. Middle School Select Chorus is offered for those students able and willing to sing challenging choral music.

Grade Five

In Fifth Grade Music, we first explore instrumental timbre through the study of wind, string, brass and percussion instruments. The students then design and construct their own wind, string, or pitched percussion instruments. Throughout the trimester students learn/reinforce music theory and composition skills. The culminating project is to play a short original composition on their original instrument as well as an ensemble composition with other classmates and their instruments. Through these hands-on, STEM-integrated projects, students learn music theory and composition skills, sound quality and construction and the value of teamwork.

Grade Six

Sixth Grade Music is designed to build interest in composition by using critical listening skills, conducting and finally using GarageBand to compose their own pieces. The students will first review the basics of melody and rhythm with a focus on percussion instruments. Students continue their rhythm studies by learning conducting patterns and expressive conducting techniques. Using their multimedia textbooks and the internet as a guide, students listen and learn about the timbres of orchestral instruments. Students critically analyze examples of well-composed, artistic and expressive pieces of music. Finally, the sixth graders utilize their knowledge by spending the rest of the trimester composing pieces individually and in groups with the GarageBand app.

Grade Seven

Seventh Grade Music reinforces music theory, music history and performance skills by focusing on basic guitar skills as the center of our music study. Students begin by learning the basics of tuning, resonance and pitch as related to the guitar. Students develop the skill of chord playing as they learn basic guitar chords. Appreciation for music grows as students simultaneously learn to sing international and popular songs with the accompanying guitar chords. Students work on their own and in pairs to carefully play each chord and rhythm accurately while simultaneously singing the melody. The final project is to successfully play and sing a song of their choosing that is appropriate to their level and abilities.

Grade Eight

Drama and Music are combined to create a musical. The entire grade learns the process of auditioning, theatre vocabulary, stage movement, theatrical dance, character development, singing techniques, memorization and rehearsal techniques. The final performances are at the end of the trimester. There is a performance for the Lower School and a performance for the general public. The performance is supported by an Upper School tech class, a choreographer and a small professional band. The show is fully staged. The cast has a group critique following the show. The class focuses on group collaboration, verbal skills, characterization, musicianship, dance movement, improved self-confidence, leadership skills and creative problem-solving.

Chorus and Instrumental Music

Students have the option to choose either choral or instrumental music in each grade level. In this class students rehearse easy to intermediate choral or instrumental literature for performance at Evensong, Spring Concert and Middle School Prize Day. The objective is to reinforce music and vocal/instrumental skills and to build community by rehearsing and performing to their highest potential.

Students have the opportunity to participate in instrumental group lessons. Families are responsible for providing their own instrument and can also take individual lessons on campus in addition to the group option. Students implement their music reading and notation skills throughout the year with instrumental play and choral performances and through these practices, enhance their understanding of musicality in action.

Theater in the Middle School

Theater in the Middle School

Grade Six

Grade Six Theater includes theater vocabulary, stage movement, memorization, theater history, performance, and critique.

Grade Seven

Grade Seven Theater analyzes and explores playwriting. This class culminates in a performance of an original class sectional play.

Eighth Grade Musical

Collaborating with the music class, Eighth Grade Musical presents a full-scale musical each year in the fall.

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