Sixth graders continue to use their sketchbooks to explore the world around them. They continue to share their homework in class and give classmates constructive feedback. They also continue the Walker Art Center partnership. In second semester of sixth grade the main focus in art class is creating a personal tallit (prayer shawl). This project is integrated with Judaic Studies, Hebrew, and art.
Tallit instruction includes:
Brainstorming personal symbols to express what is personally important
Studying Bar/Bat-Mitzvah portions in Judaic Studies and then illustrating important images in art class
Learning to transfer small- to large-scale drawing
Learning a new batik process using wax and dye
Sharing and wearing tallitot with the school community at the end of the year.
Seventh- and eighth-grade art offers students a variety of experiences that broaden their understanding of what art is and how art and artists contribute to our lives every day. Students explore their identity, thoughts, and feelings through art. The student experience is enhanced by the use of more mature art materials, and in some classes, computer programs used by professional artists and designers.
Seventh and eighth graders are offered an array of art classes throughout the year which may include:
Graphic Design – Adobe Illustrator
Photography – Adobe Lightroom
Judaic Paper Cuts
Drawing & Painting classes that may include: “Me, Myself & I”, “Expressive Drawing & Painting”
HMJDS Literary Arts Magazine (digital layout)
iMovie – film creation and editing
Open Studio – mixed media 2-D
SketchUp: 3-D modeling software (Computer Aided Design: architecture and landscaping)
Art and Science Integration
Earth Art: mixed media and clay
Heilicher middle school students explore the Minneapolis Institute of Art with Heilicher friend Harold Smith.