Bancroft Middle School

Visual and Performing Arts

Exploratory Art 6-8

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course concentrates on the elements of art, w hich is the foundation for all artwork. Due to the variation of
time, Two- and Three- dimensional art projects should be introduced according to the length of course. Required art
vocabulary, reading and w riting assignments are included in the course w ork. The five components in the California
State Visual and Performing Arts Framew ork are addressed. A portfolio is developed and a number of art-related
careers are discussed.
GOALS: The course is intended to meet the following student needs:
• Develop and expand aesthetic perception. (Aesthetic Perception)
• Develop and expand visual arts knowledge and skills to express ideas imaginatively.
(Creative Expression)
• Acquire knowledge of historical and cultural developments, which occur as a result
of varying needs and aesthetic points of view. (Historical and Cultural Context)
• Develop a base for making informed aesthetic judgments. (Aesthetic valuing)
• Develop a common core of knowledge that transcends subject areas. (Connections,
Relations Application)

Intermediat Art: Grades 7-8

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Students interested in continuing the study of art will experiment with many two- and three- dimensional art
forms, such as drawing, painting, perspective, and three-dimensional art building upon the objectives
developed in Exploratory Art 6. Emphasis is placed on the art elements and principles of design throughout
the course. A variety of materials and processes are explored together with appropriate reading, writing, and
vocabulary. The five components in the California State Visual and Performing Arts Framework are
addressed.
GOALS: The course is intended to meet the following student needs:
• Develop and expand aesthetic perception. (Aesthetic Perception)
• Develop and expand visual arts knowledge and skills to express ideas imaginatively.
(Creative Expression)
• Acquire knowledge of historical and cultural developments, which occur as a result
of varying needs and aesthetic points of view. (Historical and Cultural Context)
• Develop a base for making informed aesthetic judgements. (Aesthetic valuing)
• Develop a common core of knowledge that transcends subject areas. (Connections,
Relations Application)

Advanced Art: Grades 7-8

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Each semester is organized around new materials and new projects selected by the teacher, using
progressively more advanced techniques in two- and three- dimensional art forms. Emphasis is placed on the
art elements and principles of design throughout the course. Reading, writing, and vocabulary are
incorporated into each lesson. A variety of art careers are introduced. The five components in the California
State Visual and Performing Arts Standards. Students must have at least one semester of art in the sixth or seventh
grade and obtain permission from the art instructor before being enrolled in this course.  Elective Cards must be signed by the instructor to get enrolled into this class.
GOALS: The course is intended to meet the following students needs:
• Develop and expand aesthetic perception. (Aesthetic Perception)
• Develop and expand visual arts knowledge and skills to express ideas imaginatively.
(Creative Expression)
• Acquire knowledge of historical and cultural developments, which occur as a result
of varying needs and aesthetic points of view. (Historical and Cultural Context)
• Develop a base for making informed aesthetic judgements. (Aesthetic valuing)
• Develop a common core of knowledge that transcends subject areas. (Connections,
Relations Application)