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Middle School Courses

Art

Course Title Type Subject Prerequisites
MS A Taste of Animation Electives Art None

Prerequisites: None

This project-based course will offer a progressive set of lessons which will expose learners to basic video and animation processes that build on important principles of art. Learners will work independently while learning specific skills, as well as, enjoy a collaborative learning atmosphere with their classmates. Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding through the creation of short films. This course will introduce students to stop motion animation, videography, basic animation using GIMP, and the lost art of roto-scoping. Students enrolled in this course will explore video production processes while enjoying an original and energetic curriculum that will inspire patience, responsibility, organizational skills, collaboration and a workplace level discipline. Students will need a digital camera or cell phone that has video making capabilities and access to GIMP, a free online graphic design program that comes preloaded on school computers or can be safely loaded with instruction from your teacher.

Prerequisites: None

This project-based course will offer a progressive set of lessons which will expose learners to basic video and animation processes that build on important principles of art. Learners will work independently while learning specific skills, as well as, enjoy a collaborative learning atmosphere with their classmates. Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding through the creation of short films. This course will introduce students to stop motion animation, videography, basic animation using GIMP, and the lost art of roto-scoping. Students enrolled in this course will explore video production processes while enjoying an original and energetic curriculum that will inspire patience, responsibility, organizational skills, collaboration and a workplace level discipline. Students will need a digital camera or cell phone that has video making capabilities and access to GIMP, a free online graphic design program that comes preloaded on school computers or can be safely loaded with instruction from your teacher.

MS Art Around the World Electives Art Yes

Prerequisites: a list of materials will be available within the class

This course has been especially designed for iForward students in order to offer experiences that will help them better understand cultures throughout our world. This course allows students to work collaboratively with other learners that represent the diverse cultures that make up our incredible planet. Students who enroll in this class will learn skills in mutual respect while gaining a better understanding of other cultures and building respect for varied languages. Learners will gain a valuable awareness by enrolling in Art Around the World as it will enable them to develop a well-informed world view through producing arts and crafts from a variety of different cultures. This course is written for both middle school and high school students so that students at both levels of learning will succeed. Lessons will address similar standards but will allow several pathways for iForward students.

Prerequisites: a list of materials will be available within the class

This course has been especially designed for iForward students in order to offer experiences that will help them better understand cultures throughout our world. This course allows students to work collaboratively with other learners that represent the diverse cultures that make up our incredible planet. Students who enroll in this class will learn skills in mutual respect while gaining a better understanding of other cultures and building respect for varied languages. Learners will gain a valuable awareness by enrolling in Art Around the World as it will enable them to develop a well-informed world view through producing arts and crafts from a variety of different cultures. This course is written for both middle school and high school students so that students at both levels of learning will succeed. Lessons will address similar standards but will allow several pathways for iForward students.

MS Art is for Everyone Electives Art None

Prerequisites: None

Would you love to take an art course but feel that you may not be artistic enough? Well, this is the class for you! This exciting project based course helps students understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Students learn to accept the fact that the people we meet will often have a difference of opinion and that fact truly will enrich your life. When this course is completed you probably won’t be a famous artist. However, this course will offer you many opportunities for self-expression. You will increase your potential for creative thinking while you are exposed to a number of careers where art skills are valued. (there are a short list of materials that you might need inside the course. ) Students who enroll in this course will gain a deeper respect for all that is beautiful while understanding that there are countless careers, that you can choose from, where creative thinking and art talent are valued.

Prerequisites: None

Would you love to take an art course but feel that you may not be artistic enough? Well, this is the class for you! This exciting project based course helps students understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Students learn to accept the fact that the people we meet will often have a difference of opinion and that fact truly will enrich your life. When this course is completed you probably won’t be a famous artist. However, this course will offer you many opportunities for self-expression. You will increase your potential for creative thinking while you are exposed to a number of careers where art skills are valued. (there are a short list of materials that you might need inside the course. ) Students who enroll in this course will gain a deeper respect for all that is beautiful while understanding that there are countless careers, that you can choose from, where creative thinking and art talent are valued.

MS C2C Graphic Design Electives Art None

Prerequisites: None

Graphic Design is all around you from the old shirt you pulled out of your dresser this morning to the billboard that was just put up along the highway. In this course, you will become the artist that creates these designs! You will have the opportunity to combine both Art and Technology to communicate your own ideas! In this introductory course you will edit images, design logos, and even design a poster for your favorite band while learning to recognize the effects that design has on our society. Learn fundamental skills of graphic design while making choices that are sure to enhance other areas of your learning and your life. This course is written for both middle school and high school students so that students at both levels of learning will succeed. Lessons will address similar standards but will allow several pathways for iForward students.

Prerequisites: None

Graphic Design is all around you from the old shirt you pulled out of your dresser this morning to the billboard that was just put up along the highway. In this course, you will become the artist that creates these designs! You will have the opportunity to combine both Art and Technology to communicate your own ideas! In this introductory course you will edit images, design logos, and even design a poster for your favorite band while learning to recognize the effects that design has on our society. Learn fundamental skills of graphic design while making choices that are sure to enhance other areas of your learning and your life. This course is written for both middle school and high school students so that students at both levels of learning will succeed. Lessons will address similar standards but will allow several pathways for iForward students.

MS Cell Phone Photography Electives Art Yes

Prerequisites: Students will need a cell phone camera or an ipod or ipad camera for this course.

We carry our cell phones everywhere we go and most of them have a built in camera feature that allows us to take instant images of our life as it happens.. This class will explore the cell phone as an instant, and available, medium in the art of digital photography. Instruction will expose students to a whole new art form through their cell phone photography. Using cell phone camera as the equipment of choice ,along with photo editing programs, students will create unique images based on their everyday lives that will be presented as an artistic visual diary. Students’ skills will be fine-tuned with a better understanding of successful compositions in photographic design. Learners will apply new knowledge and skills to photo retouching and manipulation and using images shot with their personal cell phones. Become part of this emerging media in the area of photography. Enroll in, “ The Artistic Side of Cell Phone Photography!”

Prerequisites: Students will need a cell phone camera or an ipod or ipad camera for this course.

We carry our cell phones everywhere we go and most of them have a built in camera feature that allows us to take instant images of our life as it happens.. This class will explore the cell phone as an instant, and available, medium in the art of digital photography. Instruction will expose students to a whole new art form through their cell phone photography. Using cell phone camera as the equipment of choice ,along with photo editing programs, students will create unique images based on their everyday lives that will be presented as an artistic visual diary. Students’ skills will be fine-tuned with a better understanding of successful compositions in photographic design. Learners will apply new knowledge and skills to photo retouching and manipulation and using images shot with their personal cell phones. Become part of this emerging media in the area of photography. Enroll in, “ The Artistic Side of Cell Phone Photography!”

MS Digital Art and Design Electives Art None

Prerequisites: None

Digital art and design involves everything from advertising to animation to photography and more. In this course, you'll learn about the evolution of art; the basic principles of art and design; the role of art in politics and society; and how to actually create digital art and make it come alive.

Prerequisites: None

Digital art and design involves everything from advertising to animation to photography and more. In this course, you'll learn about the evolution of art; the basic principles of art and design; the role of art in politics and society; and how to actually create digital art and make it come alive.

MS Drawing and Besties Electives Art None

Prerequisites: None

This creative course is for both beginners and intermediate artists at the middle school and high school level of learning. Collaborative work, project based learning and individualized instruction will be the path to success for students who are enrolled in this exciting class. ‘Drawing Beasts and Besties’ will offer students the opportunity to develop the skills and the knowledge they need to draw a variety of different kinds of animals with confidence and skill. Course content will include understanding the anatomy of animal kingdom and learning techniques that support them in generating images of imaginary beasts (such as dragons) while improving their ability to render animals from nature and drawing our domesticated friends, the dog and the cat. Materials Needed: To succeed in this course students will need these materials: A sketch book, pencil, eraser, a cell phone (to take photos of their work in progress), colored pencils and a fine line black sharpie.

Prerequisites: None

This creative course is for both beginners and intermediate artists at the middle school and high school level of learning. Collaborative work, project based learning and individualized instruction will be the path to success for students who are enrolled in this exciting class. ‘Drawing Beasts and Besties’ will offer students the opportunity to develop the skills and the knowledge they need to draw a variety of different kinds of animals with confidence and skill. Course content will include understanding the anatomy of animal kingdom and learning techniques that support them in generating images of imaginary beasts (such as dragons) while improving their ability to render animals from nature and drawing our domesticated friends, the dog and the cat. Materials Needed: To succeed in this course students will need these materials: A sketch book, pencil, eraser, a cell phone (to take photos of their work in progress), colored pencils and a fine line black sharpie.

MS Independent Study Visual Arts Electives Art Yes

Prerequisites: Students who wish to enroll in this course will have to have successfully completed an art course with a grade of B or higher.

This is a unique independent stady art course that is set aside for students who have artistic talent and a deep interest in any area of the visual arts. Students who enroll in this course often have the high potential of going into a career in the area of visual arts in the future. Students who wish to enroll in this course will have to have successfully completed an art course with a grade of B or higher. This class will allow students to focus on an area of visual arts that they are passionate about. Learners in this course will design their own course by writing their own short and long term goals and meeting them independently with minimal guidance from their instructor. Students must be committed to daily live lessons! Learners will be highly organized and dedicated to the value of visual arts in their lives and will have to create a blog (or other social media format) where their work can be displayed and shared. Please contact your student guidance counselor to find out if you are a good candidate for this original course.

Prerequisites: Students who wish to enroll in this course will have to have successfully completed an art course with a grade of B or higher.

This is a unique independent stady art course that is set aside for students who have artistic talent and a deep interest in any area of the visual arts. Students who enroll in this course often have the high potential of going into a career in the area of visual arts in the future. Students who wish to enroll in this course will have to have successfully completed an art course with a grade of B or higher. This class will allow students to focus on an area of visual arts that they are passionate about. Learners in this course will design their own course by writing their own short and long term goals and meeting them independently with minimal guidance from their instructor. Students must be committed to daily live lessons! Learners will be highly organized and dedicated to the value of visual arts in their lives and will have to create a blog (or other social media format) where their work can be displayed and shared. Please contact your student guidance counselor to find out if you are a good candidate for this original course.

MS Orbit Your Artistic Imagination Electives Art None

Prerequisites: None

The mystery of space opens a whole new world to us earthlings and our artistic visions. Technology is unstoppable and we can only begin to imagine what the future of space travel has in store for human kind. Space exploration constantly feeds our imaginations and it is this concept that has inspired the idea for this course.
In this class artists will be able to push their imaginations to places our space program has yet to explore. Our students will use both traditional art techniques in addition to digital design to create imaginary planets and alien life while building on the scientific knowledge of space.
The unknown of space can offer endless solutions to artistic problems. I can’t wait to work with your creative minds!

Prerequisites: None

The mystery of space opens a whole new world to us earthlings and our artistic visions. Technology is unstoppable and we can only begin to imagine what the future of space travel has in store for human kind. Space exploration constantly feeds our imaginations and it is this concept that has inspired the idea for this course.
In this class artists will be able to push their imaginations to places our space program has yet to explore. Our students will use both traditional art techniques in addition to digital design to create imaginary planets and alien life while building on the scientific knowledge of space.
The unknown of space can offer endless solutions to artistic problems. I can’t wait to work with your creative minds!

MS Pencils and Paint Electives Art None

Prerequisites: None

Welcome to Pencils and Painting! This project based course allows students to step back away from technology and into the world of traditional drawing and painting techniques that have been used by artists for centuries. The course begins by allowing students the opportunity to push the boundaries of their own artistic ability while exploring the diverse capabilities of their drawing pencil. After completing the drawing module students will have the confidence they need to move forward and complete their artistic visions through the expressive use of color and acrylic painting techniques. Learners in this course will even touch on how to market and sell their artistic creations through the use of artist websites. Success in this course will require commitment and dedication along with a strong desire to create art! Material Needed: Students who enroll in this course must be prepared to purchase acrylic paint, three sizes of soft brushes, canvas, and a sketchpad.

Prerequisites: None

Welcome to Pencils and Painting! This project based course allows students to step back away from technology and into the world of traditional drawing and painting techniques that have been used by artists for centuries. The course begins by allowing students the opportunity to push the boundaries of their own artistic ability while exploring the diverse capabilities of their drawing pencil. After completing the drawing module students will have the confidence they need to move forward and complete their artistic visions through the expressive use of color and acrylic painting techniques. Learners in this course will even touch on how to market and sell their artistic creations through the use of artist websites. Success in this course will require commitment and dedication along with a strong desire to create art! Material Needed: Students who enroll in this course must be prepared to purchase acrylic paint, three sizes of soft brushes, canvas, and a sketchpad.