Horizon Middle School Arts
Sixth Grade Art: This art course is designed to give 6th graders a sampling of art projects that emphasize the elements (line, form, color, value, texture, space) and principles of art (balance, variety, harmony, contrast, emphasis). Understanding and appreciation of self and others through art history and culture is emphasized. A variety of media and techniques create an active learning experience.
Seventh Grade Art: This art course is designed to allow each 7th grade student to explore basic design, drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques. Projects focus on introducing and developing the elements of art (line, form, color, value, texture) and principles of design (balance, variety, harmony, emphasis). Understanding and appreciation of self and others through art history and culture is emphasized. Students will create samplings of two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects.Eighth Grade Art: This course emphasizes artists and art history as inspirations for art projects. The 8th graders will create two and three dimensional pieces that further develop the elements of art (line, form, color, value, texture, space) and principles of design (balance, variety, harmony, contrast, emphasis). Students will have the opportunity to make personal choices about the creation of their art as well as develop an understanding and appreciation of self and others.
Sixth Grade: Theater is a quarter-long class that meets every day. Through games and unit studies, students will learn how their bodies, voices, and facial expressions convey messages. We will focus on the six elements of drama, vocal expression, storytelling, pantomime, and the role of the backstage crews.
Seventh Grade: Theater is a semester-long class that meets every day. Through games and unit studies, students will learn how their bodies, voices, and facial expressions convey messages. We will focus on plot elements, the history of theater, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and an in-depth look at the role of the backstage crews.
Eighth Grade: Theater is a semester-long class that meets every day. Through games and unit studies, students will learn how their bodies, voices, and facial expressions convey messages. We will focus on monologues, audition etiquette, characterization, improvisation, script writing, and musical theater.
Fine Arts Department Overview
The fine arts are art forms that create works that are primarily visual in nature, such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture. These definitions should not be taken too strictly as many artistic disciplines (performing arts, conceptual art, textile arts) involve aspects of the visual arts as well as arts of other types. Also included within the visual arts are the applied arts such as industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and decorative art. The current usage of the term "visual arts" includes fine art as well as the applied, decorative arts and crafts.
Teaching the arts disciplines is essential to developing creativity, synergistic thinking, empathy, expression and the ability to view the world through multiple perspectives. Whether students are learning individual skills or are applying skills to enhance a collaborative ensemble, the arts demand perseverance, diligence, flexible thinking and innovation. The 21st century, conceptual age requires people who are dynamic, multi-disciplined, global thinkers which are the fundamental benefits of a comprehensive arts education.Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Its common elements are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; "art of the Muses"). The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions (and their recreation in performance), through improvisational music to aleatoric forms. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to personal interpretation, and occasionally controversial. Within the arts, music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art, and auditory art. It may also be divided among art music and folk music. There is also a strong connection between music and mathematics. Music may be played and heard live, may be part of a dramatic work or film, or may be recorded.
Educational Content Areas
The power of Colorado’s education improvement efforts lies in having a comprehensive system consisting of relevant and rigorous standards, aligned and meaningful assessments, excellent teachers and school leaders, and high-performing schools and districts. All aspects of the system are continuously improving to advance student learning and prepare students to succeed in an increasingly competitive workforce The Colorado Academic Standards are the expectations of what students need to know and be able to do at the end of each grade. They also stand as the values and content organizers of what Colorado sees as the future skills and essential knowledge for our next generation to be more successful. State standards are the basis of the annual state assessment.
Colorado has 10 content areas:
- Colorado Arts
- Visual Arts
- Comprehensive Health and Physical Education
- Reading, Writing, and Communicating
- Social Studies
- World Languages