Eliot students working on projects


All students at Jared Eliot Middle School take art class twice a week for one semester per year. All grade levels focus on four artistic processes - creating: conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work, presenting: interpreting and sharing artistic work, responding: Understanding and evaluation how the arts convey meaning and connecting: relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. Throughout the art curriculum, students are exposed to a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, crafts, ceramics and sculpture. The Eliot art program is an introduction to the foundations of visual arts that continues at The Morgan School with Introduction to Art. Art students receive a letter grade for class which includes bi-monthly classwork grades and several quizzes and project assessments throughout the semester. 

Sixth Grade

During sixth grade, students will explore a range of artworks from Persian and Middle Eastern textile design to modern urban and graffiti art. Student begin to develop their understanding of the basic elements and principles of art to include such topics as color theory, linear perspective and pattern. A focus on the safe use of all art materials is the foundation of all art units.

Seventh Grade

Seventh graders will expand their artistic knowledge through an exploration of different genres in art such as still life and portraiture. The students will focus on develop their ability to implement the basic elements and principles of art such value, contrast, line and rhythm. All units allow the students opportunities to develop their own personal artistic style.

Eighth Grade

In eighth grade, students will focus on creating original artwork the expresses a personal meaning. The classes will explore non-objective and realistic art from various periods in art history. All units will develop the students’ ability to not only create works of art but be able to analyze, reflect on and interpret the meaning behind all works of art.

The Visual Art Education Philosophy

An education in the Clinton Public Schools is not complete without active involvement and knowledge of the arts. An arts education is a process of lifelong learning that enables students to make informed, aesthetic choices and is crucial to fulfilling one’s human development. These experiences prepare students to recognize and value quality, while nurturing their sensitivities and feelings. Responding, performing, and creating in the arts generates informed audiences and participants of the future. As part of the core curriculum, the arts foster creativity and independence, develop self-discipline and focus, and enhance self-esteem and knowledge. In addition, the arts teach critical thinking, problem solving, risk taking, collaboration and communication, all of which are integral components for success in the 21st century. The arts link the heritage of our past to the cultures of the present and the future. Our diverse society is continually enriched by the arts.

We further believe that:

The inclusion of the arts in the school curriculum is vital to produce well-rounded students who are prepared for the 21st century.

Art promotes awareness and understanding of the connections between visual art and other disciplines through the study of other cultures and historical periods.

Through art we learn that seeking a creative approach to life is a meaningful, significant and valued human endeavor.

At the Middle School level, students work with the following media- Clay, Glaze, Watercolor, Paint, Acrylic Paint, Marker, Colored Pencil, Oil Pastel, Ink Pens, Drawing Pencils, Chalk Pastel, Assorted Craft Items, Assorted Papers, Printing Ink, Water Soluble Pencils, Charcoal, and Paper Mache.

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