Studio Art focuses on the fine art techniques of painting and drawing. Students learn how to mix paints, draw proportional human faces, and draw the human form. Along with learning more traditional techniques, they complete projects where they have the freedom to apply these techniques or express themselves through altering them. As the students progress, they have more opportunities to explore their preferred forms of self-expression.
In sixth grade, students learn how to mix paint and create all the secondary and tertiary colors from the primary colors. Students compare warm versus cool colors, along with complementary colors, and then apply their knowledge to create a final painting of their own design.
The focus in seventh grade is on learning how to draw the human face. Beginning with abstract collage faces, students then dive into proportions and self-portraits using mirrors to observe the details of their own faces. They are later asked to tell a story through a face or human gesture. For their final portrait, seventh grade students can choose to use the techniques they have learned or play with more abstract styles.
Eighth graders dive deeper into techniques of face studies and the human form. They are pushed to think abstractly about how to represent what they want to say as artists. They study Frida Kahlo, an artist who incorporated complex personal symbolism into her work. With this as inspiration, eighth grade students create their final portrait -- a symbolic self-portrait that can take any shape or form.
In all three grades, students have the opportunity to participate in an international global art exchange for peace. For this project, GMS partners with schools in other countries to create art based on a cohesive theme. Students then exchange the artwork, with the goal of spreading awareness and peace across the globe.