Visual Arts

Students are enrolled in art classes in 6th and 7th grades.  Art is an elective in 8th grade, and students may enroll in art first semester and Advanced Painting second semester.

By the end of 6th grade, art students should be able to:

  1. Apply and recognize the seven elements of art as it pertains to artwork and the visual world they around them
  2. Perform at a proficient level in drawing and painting skills
  3. Be able to discuss and critique any work of art using the four steps of art criticism. (describe, analyze, interpret and judge)
  4. Be able to understand how and why “art styles” have evolved in the last century, and be able to recognize characteristics of each of these major art styles.

Art Club

Students may join Art Club to further their interests and abilities in the visual arts.  Activities include mural painting, service projects, art contests, field trips to exhibits, Studio Time (time for students to create their own artwork in any medium), and much more.

Emerging Excellence Event

Emerging Excellence is a program designed to recognize exemplary student achievement and to promote growth in the National Core Art Standards’ Artistic Processes.  This event welcomes all types of media and promotes originality and expression.  Students attending enjoy personal interviews with jurors (art professionals), art workshops, and a culminating award ceremony celebrating excellence.  The 2018 event will be held in Osceola at Clarke Middle School in April.

Emerging Excellence

Des Moines Arts Festival- Student Art Exhibition

Student Art Exhibition (sponsored by Hubbell Homes, Des Moines Arts Center and the Des Moines Arts Festival) is a program that spotlights the creativity of children K-12 attending schools in central Iowa.  Students’ artistic achievements are recognized in a special exhibition on-site at the Festival; at the Visionary Artist Ceremony at the Festival; Student Art Exhibition Reception at the Des Moines Central Library; and reward them with a Medallion and Des Moines Art Center Household Membership.