6th Grade Art
Art making and creative self-expression are core to the 6th grade curriculum. MVMS 6th grade art students will learn to express personal ideas and feelings using their imagination, intuition, memory, or observation through the visual arts. Students learn to value originality, artistic freedom, and the art process. The art curriculum places art making at the center. Students will be introduced to the Elements of Art to help better appreciate and understand works of art. Aesthetics, art criticism, and art history grow out of and integrate with students’ creative experiences. Students have opportunities to make choices and cope with ambiguity and uncertainty as they exercise judgment in solving artistic problems. These artistic problems encourage them to invent, experiment, take risks and make mistakes. The 6th grade art curriculum emphasizes the development of the students’ imagination and sensory perception. MVMS art curriculum builds upon the K-5 elementary art program. It introduces students to age-appropriate elements of creative and critical thinking skills and processes, which prepare them for future experiences in the visual arts and extend to all areas of life. Through the practice of creating, using a wide variety of materials and media, students are able to see themselves as artists. Students will develop responsibility and ownership for their participation in art making. They will have experiences in the preparation, maintenance, and care of materials and tools. They will keep a sketchbook and a digital portfolio.