City School District of Albany Middle Schools and Art Staff:
- William S. Hackett Middle School, Ms. Boyle and Ms. Wawrla, grades 6-8
- Stephen & Harriet Myers Middle School, Ms. Lediger, grade 7, Ms. Patka, grades 6, 8
- Edmund O'Neal Middle School of Excellence, Ms. Elacqua and Mr. Obaroene, grades 6-8
- Albany International Center, Ms. Ryan and Ms. Childs, grades 6-8
- Tony Clement Center for Education, Mrs. Sullivan, grades 6-8
Middle School Arts Program
Arts instruction in our middle schools follows a sequential body of content knowledge and skills that broadens learners' understanding of visual expression. Adolescents explore, organize, understand, and evaluate their abilities in art. As they observe and discuss visual environments, they extend and deepen the basis of their knowledge of art. They learn to value curiosity and to appreciate flexibility in their thinking and decision-making.
Middle school courses lay the foundation for work at the high-school level by providing students with opportunities to:
- Express ideas, thoughts, and feelings
- Explore a wide variety of media and tools
- Collaborate on group projects
- Relate art to social, environmental, and political issues
- Artwork is evaluated through various means including self-evaluation and reflection.
Students' appreciation of art deepens in middle school. Teachers provide many opportunities for students to experience contemporary art, works from the past, and artwork from other cultures.
Learners develop a deeper understanding of other cultures through their exposure to many different cultural notions of art. Students learn the use of a variety of tools and techniques as they learn to elaborate and manipulate images and ideas to create original works of art.
With strong links to the Common Core, students are provided a rich background of connections in other core curriculum content as they move through the middle school art curriculum. English Language Arts is focused and taught through writing Artist Statements, Artist Essays, Art Movements, and self-reflections. Mathematics is taught through measuring, using rulers, dividing paper or clay proportionally, using symmetry, among other methods. Science and Social Studies are connected through project based learning about the natural environment, landscapes, plants and animals, other cultures, and history. Observational drawing is also an important concept taught where students learn one-point perspective, notice details, textures, and size changes in space.