MYP Arts - Grade 7

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Visual Arts
 
Summary:
Visual Arts are a creative form of human expression. Through arts we can show our thoughts, emotions, opinions; we can communicate our ideas, but we can also explore our society and our world. We are looking forward to an interesting year, during which you will learn a great deal about the world of art by doing and reflecting on many new concepts, materials, and techniques in visual arts.
Visual Arts in grade 7 explores the Art Medias and Techniques:Printing, Sculpting, Drawing and Painting.
 
Units and topics:
Unit 1-The Printing techniques
  • Linocut printingtechnique
  • The great print artists -Albert Durer and Katsushika Hokusai-
  • Intaglio printing technique
  • Digital printing -New techniques of printing
Unit 2-The Drawing and Painting
  • Drawing toolsand papers
  • Cave drawing, history of media
  • Proportions of a human bodyAquarelle- painting with water
  • Egyptian and Roman painting techniques(Icon and fresco paintings)
  • Acrylic paintingtechnique
Unit 3-The Sculpture media and techniques
  • Construction and claysculpture
  • From Phidias to Michelangelo -art history
  • Materials and techniques of sculpture: reliefs and statues - symbols of human lasting
  • Applied sculpture - hats, toys, jewelry, pottery etc.
Aims:As stated in the MYP Visual Arts guide, the aims of MYP science are to encourage and enable students to:
  • create and present art
  • develop skills specific to the discipline
  • engage in a process of creative exploration and (self-discovery)
  • make purposeful connections between investigation and practice
  • understand the relationship between art and its contexts
  • respond to and reflect on art
  • deepen their understanding of the world
Assessment criteria:
Assessment for is criterion-related, based on four equally weighted assessment criteria:
 
Assessment Criteria
At the end of year2, students should be able to:
A
Knowing and understanding
i.demonstrate awareness of the art form studied, including the use of appropriate language
ii.demonstrate awareness of the relationship between the art form and its context
iii.demonstrate awareness of the links between the knowledge acquired and artwork created.
B
Developing skills
i.demonstrate the acquisition and development of the skills and techniques of the art form studied
ii. demonstrate the application of skills and techniques to create, perform and/or present art
C
Thinking creatively
i.identify an artistic intention
ii. identify alternatives and perspectives
iii.demonstrate the exploration of ideas
D
Responding
i.identify connections between art forms, art and context, or art and prior learning
ii.recognize that the world contains inspiration or influence for art
iii.evaluate certain elements or principles of artwork
Required materials:
Please bring the following materials to every class:
  • Chargedlaptop
  • Notebook with a hard cover. The pages can be blank (unlined) or lined pages. This notebook must be used just for art class

Performing Arts
 
Summary:
Grade 7 Performing Arts is a performance­-based class which allows students to explore their understanding of the various roles of theatre, dance, and music in relation to history and the world. Students will have the opportunity to develop their talents through the study of Melodrama, puppetry, singing, dancing, and participating in dramatic skits and presentations, culminating in showcase performances which will demonstrate their gained knowledge. They will connect the beginnings of theatre and stories from around the globe to present­ day productions.Students will also gain an understanding of the ‘universal language of music’ and how music is created and expressed in various cultures. By the end of the course, students should be able to read and perform simple rhythms and pitches on the staff and also be able to effectively share ideas and stories through verbal and non­verbal communication.
 
Units and Topics:
Unit 1­: Melodrama
  • Team-building activities
  • Stylistic approach to performance
  • Ensemble work
  • Stock characters and structure
  • Performance
Unit 2: World Puppetry
  • Team-building activities
  • Vocal expression
  • Ensemble work
  • Puppetry as an art form
  • Original creation
  • Characterization and performance
Unit 3: Expressions of Who We Are
  • Singing as part of an ensemble
  • Expressive singing
  • Ensemble work
  • Following a conductor
  • Creating original music using software
 
Aims:As stated in the MYP guide, the aims of MYP arts are to encourage and enable students to:
  • create and present art
  • develop skills specific to the discipline
  • engage in a process of creative exploration and discovery
  • make purposeful connections between investigation and the practice
  • understand the relationship between the art and its contexts
  • respond to and reflect on art
  • deepen their understanding of the world
  • Engage in an active relationship with theatre and encourage autonomous learning and exploration.
  • Encourage the growth of creative, reflective and communication skills through practical work.
  • Place emphasis on the artistic process and their understanding of this process as an essential component to their artistic development through continuous investigation, planning, goal setting, rehearsing, performing, reflection and evaluation. (p.30, MYP Arts Guide).
Assessment criteria:
Feedback on and final levels of achievement for assessments are based on four equally weighted assessment criteria
 
Assessment Criteria
At the end of Year 1, students should be able to:
A
Knowing & Understanding
i. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the art form studied, including concepts, processes, and the use of subject-­specific terminology
ii. demonstrate an understanding of the role of the art form in original or displaced contexts
iii. use acquired knowledge to purposefully inform artistic decisions in the process of creating artwork
B
Developing Skills
i. demonstrate the acquisition and development of the skills and techniques of the art form studied
ii.demonstrate the application of skills and techniques to create, perform and/or present art.
C
Thinking Critically
i.develop a feasible, clear, imaginative and coherent artistic intention
ii. demonstrate a range and depth of creative thinking behaviors
iii. demonstrate the exploration of ideas to shape artistic intention through to the point of realization
D
Responding
i. construct meaning and transfer learning to new settings
ii. create an artistic responsethat intends to reflect or impact on the world around them
iii. critique the artwork of self and others.
 
Expectations:
  • Students will approach each new task with a positive mindset
  • Students will try their best, whether they describe themselves as ‘performers’ or not
  • Students will respect themselves, their classmates, and the space, including the instructor
 
Required materials:
Please bring the following materials to every class:
  • Chargedlaptop
  • Sharpened pencil(s), or pens
  • Agenda

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