Durham Middle School Art One

IMG_0190Middle School Art One Curriculum


These mediums must be used in the Art I 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)
  • Paint
    • brush
    • pallet
    • type of paint
      • watercolor
      • acrylic
  • Clay
    • wedging
    • glaze
    • kiln
    • bisque
    • stages of a clay piece
  • Sculpture
  • a variety of other materials (i.e. sculptie, fiber, different papers, so on)

Terminology, Techniques and Skills

Each of these techniques and skills must be cover in the Middle School Art I 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

The Elements of Art

  • Line
    • Real and Implied
    • Contour and Gesture
    • Weight
    • Shape
      • Organic and Geometric
    • Form
      • Basic Form Names (cube, cylinder, sphere…)
    • Texture
      • Real and Implied
    • space
      • overlapping
      • size related to distance
      • Positive/ Negative
    • Value
      • Value Scale
      • Gradation
    • Color
      • Color schemes
        • Warm/ Cool
        • Tint/Shade
        • Primary/ Secondary/ Tertiary
        • Neutral
        • Analogous
        • Complement/ Split Complement
  • The Principals of Art
    • Unity/ Variety
      • harmony
    • Balance
      • Symmetrical/Asymmetrical
      • Radial
    • Emphasis
      • Focal Point
    • Contrast
    • Rhythm
    • Repetition
      • Pattern
    • Proportion/Scale
      • Body and Face
    • Figure/ Ground Relationship
  • 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 and two point
    • sighting
  • 2-D terms & 3-D terms



The portfolio in Art I is designed to show a student’s 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 used to complete these projects. The students need to build a physical, digital or e-portfolio to represent the work completed in Art I.


Art History & Historical Cultural Context

Art History and Historical Cultural Context must be addressed in Art I. Critique/ Evaluation of a work of art

  • Resources as to where to find art
  • Understanding of art style(s)