Boys learn by doing, creating, shaping. At McCallie boys build pots, paint, draw, build sculpture, and make prints. After exposing students to the basics in artistic techniques and mediums, McCallie boys have a wide variety of opportunities to follow their artistic passions.
The art department faculty works with boys from all ranges of ability, beginning at the most basic level and on the most basic artistic fundamentals, and growing with the boys at their pace, opening their eyes to new media and new means of creative expression.
The sixth grade art curriculum is loosely tied to the history curriculum. The students will complete four major projects. One project will be an Illuminated Manuscript letter inspired by the Book of Kells. The students will also be creating a handmade book. The book will include a mandala design on the cover using pen and ink and watercolor. They will be creating marbled papers for the inside of the book. Sixth grade artists will also be working on a sculptural clay coil pot, inspired by the art of various cultures around the world. Each student will be able to select the cultural designs he wants to use. The painting project for this grade level is an acrylic painting using repetition to teach flat and gradated color. (One-semester class, 6th grade)
The curriculum for Art I is designed to expose young artists to new materials and tools. Students will be making a variety of art projects including work in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture during their year in art.
We will begin by learning about the elements and principles of design and then follow that with projects inspired by Van Gogh, Picasso, Hokusai, African Art and Latino art, including that of Kahlo and Rivera.
(Half-year or Full-year, Grades 7-8)
The curriculum for Art II is designed to expose young artists to new materials and tools while reinforcing the elements and principles of art.
Students will be making a variety of art projects including work in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. They will be working on some projects related to art careers such as architecture and graphic design. We will be taking some field trips related to these studies, and will be looking for ways to bring in outside artists and connections to our work. As this is their third year in art, the expectation is that these students will be more creative in their solutions to art problems and assignments. They will be doing more challenging assignments that ask them to think, as well as, create.
The prerequisite for this course is to have successfully passed Middle School Art I. (Half or Full-year, 8th Grade)