Middle School Art courses offer an exploration of the elements of art (line, space, texture, value, shape, form and color). Students will also discover the principles of design (balance, rhythm, movement, proportion, variety, emphasis and unity). These elements and principles will be implemented by studying various artists, their inspiration and their techniques. A variety of mediums such as graphite, paint, watercolor, colored pencils, pastels and clay will be used. Besides creating 2D and 3D work, students will be expected to participate in critiques, both verbal and written, and begin to explore what makes a composition work and not work. Students will also be expected to write a self-assessment after the completion of each comprehensive (long-term) assignment.