Middle School Art Exploration 2

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 7th–8th

Live Class: Tue 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Dates: Aug 22–Apr 28

Price: $599

Instructor: Jennifer Morgan

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Course Description

Art Exploration 2 is a continuation of Art Exploration 1. Students should take Art Exploration 1 before taking this course or by permission of the instructor. In AE2, students will create new projects while continuing to improve their art vocabulary, expertly apply the elements of art  and principles of design in their work, and continue to grow their knowledge of famous artists and art styles.

This live, online visual arts course is suited for middle school students of all art backgrounds and abilities, and incorporates only family friendly materials. A complete blend of art appreciation and fine art lessons, this course is designed around the National Visual Arts standards (part of the National Core Arts Standards), building a solid foundation for further advanced art courses in the Visual Arts.

During our virtual class time, students will participate in interactive art activities and warm-ups, share and critique their own projects, reflect and respond orally to famous artworks in numerous styles and art movements, and experiment with various techniques and media while following along with teacher demonstrations.

My goals for this course are the following.

  • We will identify, describe, and apply the elements of art and principles of design.
  • We will experience studio practices that include a variety of traditional media, techniques, and processes in two and three dimensions. (*While supply lists are given and encouraged, media substitutions are provided and always allowed, with a focus on mastering the concepts versus mastering the media.)
  • We will develop basic visual art literacy and vocabulary at the middle school level.
  • We will discuss works of art regarding theme, genre, style, idea, and differences in media.
  • We will describe how artists can show the same theme by using different media and styles as we study significant artists, styles, and movements in art history.
  • We will develop and refine observational drawing skills to depict a variety of subject matter.
  • We will create increasingly complex original works of art reflecting personal choices and increased technical skill, selecting specific media and processes to express moods, feelings, themes, or ideas.
  • We will experience opportunities to begin understanding the constructs of art criticism.
  • We will be introduced to careers in and related to visual art.
  • We will develop basic creative problem-solving skills and refine craftsmanship.
  • We will explore visual avenues to communicate self-expression

My teaching style is lighthearted, relational, and tailored to each group of students in my class. I keep my class atmosphere positive and encouraging – a place where all feel welcome and valued, with a focus on the joy and wonder of creating and creation, and where all artworks discussed will be kept rated PG and family-friendly.

Feedback to all students will be done in positivity, kindness, and encouragement with a focus on the art concepts being studied over talent or skill level.

Course Structure

Each week students will complete a sketchbook assignment and a project. We meet for LIVE one-hour classes via Zoom each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. ET. All course meetings are optional, though highly encouraged for class community and opportunities to engage in the lessons and ask questions. They will be recorded for scheduling convenience. This course emphasizes that art is for everyone and values the heart of homeschooling where flexibility is a top priority.

Weekly assignments may include:

  • A weekly 60-minute live meeting
  • Reading/viewing assignments from handouts or various sources
  • Art journal/sketchbook prompts
  • Art projects in a variety of styles, techniques, and media
  • Presentations

Who should enroll?

Students in 7th-8th grade should enroll in this class, after taking AE1. All artistic skill levels are welcome. This class provides general visual art education and is planned to develop essential basic skills of expression and understanding in art.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and working microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Digital camera (can be phone with camera), or other means to photograph, scan, and upload student artwork

Evaluation and Feedback

All homework will be submitted through our website on Canvas. I provide detailed feedback on all artwork, focusing on understanding and demonstration of the concept/theme versus artistic skill, as well as on special projects/papers. My goal is to provide detailed artwork critiques within one week of the assignment’s due date (expect two weeks for larger projects). Students receive all feedback well before the next art project is due so that they may steadily develop and grow in their artistic abilities while improving their work and developing their own artistic style with each assignment.

Communication

I will confirm registration with parents and provide a welcome email with clear details and video instructions on how to navigate this course. All parents are welcome to join us in Canvas as observers, and I will respond within 24 hours to all parents’ and student questions via email or Canvas message. I prefer communication through Canvas on our course website.

 

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Instructor Bio

Jennifer Morgan

Hello! My name is Jennifer Morgan. For the past 15 years I have been a middle school art teacher in Michigan. I have also taught Intro to Computers and run art camps during the summer months. During this time I have created an art curriculum, served as a mentor teacher, volunteered on planning committees, and put on yearly art shows. 

I earned my degree in education from the University of Michigan. I am K-12 certified in Visual Arts, with a minor in psychology. I also have a Masters degree in literacy. I have always loved creating art and working with children so I am blessed to have found the perfect career that combines both of my passions.

 I believe there are numerous benefits to an art education. Art improves creativity, confidence, problem solving and perseverance. It encourages you to slow down and observe the world around you. I believe that everyone is an artist and that even if you think you aren’t a “good” artist, art is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. In my classes, students will be exposed to various techniques and media, as well as different styles of art. Everyone is sure to find their own favorite! I especially love drawing and pottery. I aim to create a warm and welcoming classroom culture where students feel encouraged and empowered to express themselves and be creative!

I have three children of my own. We love family board games, bike rides, and exploring new places.  However, what I love to do most days with my kids is CREATE! You might find us painting boxes to turn into forts, designing our own carnival style games, or baking a cake so that we can decorate it with fondant sculptures. I love inspiring creativity and I am excited to share this passion at Aim Academy!

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