Visual Arts

 

We Believe:

The arts strengthen critical and creative thinking skills. The arts build teamwork which adds to overall academic achievement and school success. The arts provide success for students in all learning styles and at all levels. Success in the arts transfers to other areas of learning. The arts reach across socio-economic boundaries. The arts create well-rounded and more culturally aware members of the community. The arts strongly impact the developmental growth of every child. All Pre-K through 12th grade students should have access to the arts.
The arts improve creative thinking which has a direct correlation to success in the workplace. The arts are vital to the education of the whole child.

Our Mission

The mission of McCracken Middle School’s Arts Program is to provide an enriched environment where students can explore, create, and succeed.

3-D Design

Course Description: 3-D is a second level art course that is essential for students with aspirations to continue in the high school visual arts courses. In depth concepts in sculpture will be explored over the semester.

Advanced Photography

This class is one of the most challenging and rewarding elective classes in McCracken’s course offerings. Your ability to blend new technical knowledge, creativity and discipline are key to your succeeding in this course. We will cover new technical vocabulary terms and learn how to properly use all the photography equipment and computer software programs. The majority of this course is based in principles of graphic arts, layout, design and typography. To ensure course compliancy, please note that a grade of B or better in Introductory Photography is a pre-requisite to this course.

Art Explorations

Art Explorations is an introductory course that is the essential pre-requisite for all other visual arts courses. Basic concepts in drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and clay are explored over the semester.

Intro to Photography

In this course we will cover new vocabulary, the elements and principles of design, the history of photography as well as photographers. We will explore the basic functions of a digital camera, download make adjustments, save and print photographs. In order to use equipment students will have to pass a “basic” test on the equipment. Don’t worry we will also compose and take photographs. Notice I said photographs and not snapshots.

Design Principles

Art Explorations is an introductory course that is the essential pre-requisite for all other visual arts courses. Basic concepts in drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and clay are explored over the semester.

Survey of Art

Survey of Art is the most advanced visual arts course offered at McCracken. It is a class for the serious art student that is planning to continue in art through high school, college and possibly as a career choice. The course is mixture of art history and art production. Its goal is to develop the skill of art appreciation as well as to expand on the basic knowledge of a variety of mediums.

Drawing and Painting

Drawing and Painting is an intermediate level course open to 7th and 8th grade students who have passed Art Exploration, the pre-requisite to this course. Intermediate concepts in drawing, painting, and mixed media are explored over the semester.
The National Junior Art Honors Society is designed to inspire and recognize those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. It also strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in art and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. It is open to any student in 7th-8th grade who has taken at least one semester of art or photography and obtained at least a B average in the class. Meetings are held monthly after school.
Sponsors: Joy Bertling and Ed Purdy

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