Durham Middle School 6th Grade Art

IMG_0016Art Challenge (45 mins & 1 material)

Visual Arts Department

6th Grade Art



An introductory course will expose 6th grade art students to various media & techniques.  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
      • acrylic
  • Clay
    • wedging
    • glaze
    • kiln
    • bisque
    • stages of a clay piece
  • Printmaking
    • brayer
    • Plate
  • Sculpture
    • A variety of other materials       (i.e. model magic, fiber, different papers, so on)


Terminology, Techniques and Skills

Each of these techniques and skills must be cover in the 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. (for example: Creating a sculpture and talking about form)

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
      • Gradation
    • Color
      • Color schemes
        • Warm/ Cool
        • Tint/Shade
        • Primary/ Secondary/ Tertiary
        • Neutral
        • Analogous
  • The Principals of Art
    • Harmony
    • Balance
      • Symmetrical/Asymmetrical
      • Radial
    • Emphasis
      • Focal Point
    • Contrast
      • Pattern
    • Proportion/Scale
      • Body and Face
  • The Rules of Composition
    • Fill your composition (picture plane).. Use of Space
  • Linear perspective
    • one
  • 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.

Art History

  • Critique/ Evaluation of a work of art
  • Resources as to where to find art
  • Introduction of art style(s)