Visual & Performing Arts
Arts Wheel 6th
The 6th Grade Art Wheel is a 12-week program. Since many of today's elementary students no longer have regular instruction in art it seems important that students be given the opportunity to gain experience using varied art media in the course of given projects aligned with the California Arts Standards.
Students at Standley will use ceramic clay, colored pencils, watercolor, crayon, oil pastel, printing inks, construction paper, and other related materials as they are available to the art department. Students will learn about at least two artists relating to projects that are undertaken. Students will be following a rubric for the satisfactory completion of the project. Students will be shown techniques for working with the classroom materials that will enhance and build on any possible prior knowledge.
Theatre Wheel 6th
This 12-week program involves the development of advanced performance skills in acting and performance. Students will be expected to exhibit professional demeanor and prepare the tools necessary to continue with theater education at the high school level and/or pursue a career related to theatre. Students will be expected to prepare, organize and participate in a fully produced theatrical presentation.
Art 7th and 8th
Seventh and eighth grade semester art courses cover a wide range of activities and academic enrichment opportunities each semester. As a result there is much that should be covered in a short period of time. Nevertheless, projects are designed to inform students of art terms and techniques, based on the California Arts Standards and the Elements and Principles of Design.
Projects and learning are designed to further students' knowledge of artists, their works and styles, art terms, critique, and the working knowledge of how to handle materials used with increasing skill. Other classes will focus more on 3-dimensional work. Some classes will focus more on print and fabric. As available, visiting artists will be invited to classes and students may be attending a museum showing of a relevant artist during the semester.
Theatre 7th - 8th and Chorus 7th - 8th
Students in grades 6-8 can participate in Theatre or Chorus electives. They will be exposed to and develop skills in the following areas: Artistic Perception - Process, analyze, and respond to sensory information through language and skills unique to the discipline. Creative Expression - Create, perform, and participate in the discipline. Historical and Cultural Context - Understand historical contributions and cultural dimensions of the discipline. Aesthetic Valuing - Respond to, analyze, and make judgments about works of art. Connections, Relationships, Applications - Connecting and applying what is learned in the discipline to other art forms and subject areas and to careers.