Grade 7 Arts

Seventh and eighth grade students are invited to make choices about what artistic areas they would like to explore and will experience opportunities to experiment across the domains. They choose from among nearly 30 elective arts courses in music, theater arts, technology, visual art, and woodworking, offered during four eight-week sessions throughout the year. At the end of each session students gather to share their completed pieces and reflect on the artistic process. Seventh and eighth grade students who are passionate about theater arts present a play each spring.

Arts electives vary from year to year. This fall, the options are Photography, Lego Robotics, Animation, Making With a Purpose, Storytelling with Sound and Theater, Pop String Instruments, A Capella, Producing Songs, Keyboard Skills, Bucket Drumming, Music of Protest, Songwriting, Performing Ten-minute Plays, Costume Design, Improv Like You Mean It, Acting for the Camera, Musical Theater Critique, Seussical Musical Performance, Be Handy-3D Visual Art, Screen Printing, Painting on the Unexpected, Drawing In and Out of Perspective, Pottery Wheel, Contemporary Materials and Sculpture, Embellished Fashion, Soft Sculpture, Wood Carving, Bandsaw Boxes, Kumiko Lanterns, Wooden Linear and Abstract Sculptures.

Seventh grade students will:

  • Design and create projects and activities determined by the particular course
  • Use various references for project and performance ideas
  • Incorporate planning for ideas and designs for projects and modify as needed
  • Recognize and use various materials, tools, and musical instruments appropriately
  • Explore and refine advanced techniques according to the individual's abilities
  • Recognize, develop, and use an appropriate art and music vocabulary
  • Develop an understanding of the work of various artists, musicians, composers, and cultures
  • Perform and compose based on their understanding of musical concept, instrumental technique, and genre
  • Collaborate with others to create a collectively satisfying studio and performance experience