Seventh grade students are supported in pushing their skills to a new level as they develop an awareness of personal strengths. The elements of art and principles of design are used to create unified compositions. Both linear and atmospheric perspective are introduced, along with value studies. Projects focus on landscape drawing and painting, coupled with a study of master artists who have worked in this format. The first class challenges students to create a self-portrait, placing themselves in a symbolic landscape. Following this project, students sketch outside in different locations, as weather permits. These sketches are used as the basis for completed compositions in pen and ink, scratchboard, oil pastel, colored pencil, and tempera or acrylic paint. Artists studied are Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Constable, Turner, Cezanne, Monet, O’Keefe, Diebenkorn, and Kahn. Seventh grade English and art students create block prints of Northwestern Native totems and homemade poetry books as interdepartmental projects. Students complete a portfolio of landscape compositions, which are exhibited in the school’s galleries and off campus when opportunities arise.
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