The Visual Arts program in Manchester Middle School is designed to offer sequential learning for students in sixth through eighth grade. The implementation of this structured program engages the students in making art, looking at art, talking about art and learning about the cultural, social and historical context of art. Furthermore, the art program interfaces with other instructional disciplines and contributes to the understanding of learning outside of the art classroom. Through their art studies, students will broaden their cultural horizons and be empowered as life-long learners.
The concepts, abilities and attitudes developed through this program are vital to our students’ total growth. The program encourages a development of perceptual sensitivity to the environment and ability to understand, express and accept oneself and others while developing a student’s full creative potential. The art program provides opportunities for students to learn creative, divergent and critical thinking skills. Students gain an understanding of aesthetic principals that bring order and design to all aspects of living. The Visual Arts Program promotes an awareness of the contribution that art makes to a culture — transmitting values and concepts of civilization from one generation to another.
Visual Arts focuses on a wide variety of different ways to look at, interpret, synthesis, and react to the world around us and within us. Students have the opportunity to express their thoughts on a subject with the use of many different medias such as graphite, clay, paint, printmaking, fibers, mixed media, wood, computer graphics, photography, and more. They are taught the techniques and skills that help give them the ability to more clearly communicate with their world.
During the year, some student’s artwork may be selected to present at various art showings in the greater Richmond area as well as the traditional Fine Arts Festival in April.