All students are required to take one semester of Art. Eighth graders must choose one of the offerings.

Art for 7th Graders
Art 7

One semester course, meets every other day, required of 7th graders

Seventh grade art is a course designed to introduce and increase the knowledge of the elements and principals of art while giving the students opportunities to try multiple types of media. Students will learn fine arts skills through painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture. Lessons are well integrated with contemporary and more traditional art forms so that students will understand and appreciate the influences of art from many genres and cultures.

Art for 8th Graders
The Art of Craft

One semester course, meets every other day, open to 8th graders

Humans have been compelled to make things beautiful for thousands of years. While function is always important, the art of craft and form pushes the maker to incorporate design and beauty into their useable or wearable objects. Students will explore the many different ways humans make functional objects more beautiful through craft. The techniques we will include but are not limited to ceramics, textiles, book/papermaking, stained glass, and wood carving.

Design-Engineer-Innovate 8

One semester course, meets every other day, *open to 8th graders

By using Design Thinking strategies students will create solutions for several challenges through-out the semester. Students will create prototypes (using multiple types of materials, CAD programs, and tools), test these ideas improving with each iteration. DEI (Design-Engineer-Innovate) will also highlight the collaboration of engineering and artistic practices by creating solutions that exhibit an understanding of constraints, optimization, functionality, and beauty. Take advantage of the opportunity to develop the Designer, the Engineer, and the Innovator in you with this class.

*If the number of course requests exceeds the maximum class size, students will be drawn from a pool. Remaining students will be placed on a waitlist.


One semester course, meets every other day, open to 8th graders

Throughout history, visual art has been used as a vehicle for cultural understanding, personal voice and social change. This class will offer students an opportunity to use art as a way to tell these “stories” by creating art to explore and understand a cultural art style of their choice, to share personal histories, to make a community difference through public murals at BSM, and finally to give a voice to bigger social issues. Students will use many art media including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, digital and/or sculpture.