The mission of the Weston Public Schools Visual Art Department is to develop the following skills:
- Heightened perceptual awareness
- Alternative approaches to problem-solving
- Increased motor coordination
These skills will allow students to manipulate the various tools and media necessary to explore their creativity and to find their own aesthetic reality. Through exploration, creating and responding, skills are fostered and synthesized.
Visual Art – 6
Students in grade six review the elements of art; focusing in particular on color theory and value to create the illusion of form. They also study how to develop an engaging character and plot for a fictional story, writing and illustrating their own story introductions. In the clay unit, students learn to develop and evaluate their own ideas for vessels that carry symbolism or character, and create advanced pinch and coil pot projects. In the collage unit, students learn about the work of artists including Romare Beardon, while they look at the development of art in the twentieth century.
Visual Art – 7
Students learn the basics of graphic design by creating two-dimensional and/or video advertisements for a product or service that they invent. The purpose of this unit is to analyze both the messages carried by advertising and other media, as well as the visual strategies used to communicate these messages to and influence viewers. In the sculpture unit, students will study proper techniques for making large-scale, hollowed clay constructions by designing pieces that clearly express an intentional persona or approach to abstract form. The final unit examines acrylic painting as students learn to express their own sense of place, memory, and an honoring of the natural world. The objectives are to locate and cultivate ideas important to the artist and to execute the artwork so that these ideas have impact on all viewers as well. Students learn to create value, texture and effective composition in a painting. Included in each unit is an overview of an artist or artists from both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Visual Art – 8
Students learn the basics of creating the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface through a study of one-point perspective drawing. This unit is combined with a study of surrealism in order to contextualize students’ artwork and drive the choice of compelling imagery. Students also study the process of monotype and create a series of prints focused on elements and principles of design. The final unit for grade eight is stone carving, in which students learn that the objects made by persons in any time period and culture offer valuable information about their values and beliefs. Students may make either a purely sculptural, non-functioning piece, or a piece of jewelry using professional jewelers’ tools and equipment. Soft and highly workable carving stones such as alabaster, marble and soapstone are used.