7th & 8th Grade ART

7th & 8th Art



These mediums must be used in the 7th & 8th art experience. The students should be informed of the characteristics of each media and understand the proper use of the material. Students will be informed of proper vocabulary and terminology used with each medium. Through the artistic process the students should get multiple opportunities to use a medium (for example: tech sheet, sketchbook assignment, or finished products)

  • Drawing media ( pencils, charcoal, colored pencils, pen and ink, markers, oil pastels)

  • Paint

    • brush

    • pallet

    • type of paint

      • watercolor

      • tempera

  • Clay

    • wedging

    • glaze

    • kiln

    • coil

    • slab

    • pinch pot

    • stages of a clay piece

  • Printmaking

    • gouge

    • nib

    • brayer

    • Plate

  • a variety of other materials (i.e. sculptie, fiber, different papers, so on)


Each of these techniques and skills must be covered in the 7th & 8th Art experience. The terminology must be addressed and relate to the techniques and skills taught. The students should get real world and hands on experience using the terminology. ( for example: Creating a sculpture and talking about form) Any of the mediums may be used to teach a specific technique or skill. Keep in mind that some techniques and skills work better with different mediums (for example: pencils and linear perspective). Demonstration and understanding of the terminology,techniques, and skills will be reflected in the students portfolio.


  • Line

    • Variety

    • Contour and Gesture

  • Shape

    • Organic and Geometric

  • Form

    • Basic Form Names (cube, cylinder, sphere…)

  • Texture

    • Actual and Implied

  • Space

    • Overlapping

    • Foreground, Middle, Background

    • Size related to distance

    • Positive/ Negative

  • Value

    • Pointilism

    • Value Scale

    • Gradation

    • Smooth Shading

    • Hatching

  • Color

    • Color schemes

      • Warm/ Cool

      • Monochromatic

      • Tint/Shade

      • Primary/ Secondary/ Tertiary

      • Neutral

      • Analogous

      • Color triad

      • Complement/ Split Complement

      • 3 properties of color

        • Hue

        • Intensity

        • Value

      • Psychology of color


    • Unity/ Variety

      • Harmony

    • Balance

      • Symmetrical/Asymmetrical

      • Radial

    • Emphasis

      • Focal Point

    • Contrast

    • Rhythm

    • Repetition

      • Pattern

    • Proportion/Scale

      • Body and Face

  • The Rules of Composition

    • No focal point in the center

    • break your composition up into thirds or fifths

    • Fill your composition (picture plane).. Use of Space

  • Linear perspective

    • one point

  • 2-D terms

    • picture plane

  • 3-D terms

    • Armature

    • Base

    • Plane

    • Mass


The portfolio in 7th & 8th art is designed to show a students  experience with the media, techniques and skills stated above. All of the specific projects below must be represented in the portfolio. Any medium or technique may be use to complete these projects. The students need to build a physical, digital or e-portfolio to represent the work completed in 7th & 8th art.

  • Examples of 1 Point Perspective

  • A Value scale

  • One Still-life

  • One Portrait

  • One Painting

  • One Piece Ceramics

  • One Print

  • One Sculpture

  • One Sketchbook

Art History, Historical Cultural Context

Art History and Historical Cultural Context must be addressed in 7th & 8th Art. The manner in which the material is delivered varies from project to project. The following is addressed:

  • Critique/ Evaluation of a work of art

  • Resources as to where to find art

  • Understanding of art style(s)