Middle School

Children are naturally eager to question, develop their own theories — even change a point of view.

Visual Arts

The Marin Primary & Middle School community champions the importance of teaching art in all of its forms. Middle school students enjoy weekly sessions the art studio, demonstrating the school’s commitment to a rich visual arts curriculum for all students. The art program helps students develop critical thinking and creative problem solving and helps them to interpret, criticize and use visual information. This knowledge is especially important as we depend more on our own visual interpretation in a more graphic and computer-centric world.

The spacious art studio, located next to the school’s learning garden is busy throughout the school day. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, the art studio is open to students during lunch and recesses, and after school. Our two art teachers, both practicing artists, introduce the students to art, art history, and a  and its mechanics. Primary school students enjoy an art studio environment in which they feel comfortable, safe, and free to explore a wide range of media and subject matter. While learning and becoming familiar with various artists and styles, the students develop a sense of themselves as artists and create art based on their personal experiences as well as imagination. Students learn that art is the outcome of a process that involves many decisions by the artist.

Students begin to understand how to pay attention to details, nuance and subtlety. Students translate this new knowledge into a visual understanding of what they are learning in their core classes. Art helps us to form images, text, symbols and allows for the ability to think in many fascinating ways.

The energy and activity in the art studio reflects the integration of projects from all areas of the program and the creativity celebrated in the art program. The middle school art curriculum is designed to allow for flexibility and integration with other core subjects, classroom projects and individual interests. Central to the class is the students’ respect for themselves as artists and an appreciation of other students’ work. Students create more complex works of art and strive to solve visual arts problems with originality, flexibility, and imagination. In the middle school, aesthetic perception and depth is taught as the students describe, analyze and interpret visual qualities of their own artworks. Flexibility, creative thinking, and problem-solving are learned and encouraged through creative activities.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Use design concepts for specific purposes, such as color to express mood, and repetition to create visual rhythms
  • Articulate technical issues prior to and during their work progress
  • Build upon their skills in using media for drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and sculpture
  • Perceive, compare and contrast the subject matter and visual elements in artworks
  • Integrate information from other aspects of their education into their artwork
  • Interpret the expressive meanings in artworks and cite specific features within the artwork to explain their judgment of it
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