Middle School

Middle School

Our Middle School offers a broad and challenging visual arts program in a dedicated arts center that is as well-equipped as high school and even college-level facilities. Students learn steps of conceptual development as well as various art production methods while gaining an understanding of the historical context of art, arts vocabulary, methods of presentation and critique, and professions in the arts.

Paul Vogt

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Middle School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Visual Arts
Title(s)
Teacher - Visual Arts, Department Chair

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-2841

Education

Degree(s)
B.A., Auburn University
M.A., Georgia Institute of Technology
M.C.P., Georgia Institute of Technology

Other Information

Employed Since
1999
Mr. Vogt holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in architecture from Georgia Tech. At Woodward since 1998, he facilitates student submissions to Scholastic Art competitions as well as photography and other art competitions. Read More

Janie Finch

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Middle School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Visual Arts
Title(s)
Teacher - Visual Arts

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-2840

Education

Degree(s)
B.S.Ed., University of Georgia
M.S.Ed., Georgia State University

Other Information

Employed Since
1978
Class Of
1974

Course Descriptions

7th Grade – Introductory Art

In this course, seventh graders are introduced to digital photography, ceramics, and drawing at the beginning level as a prelude to more advanced studies. The course also illuminates the elements and principles of design.

7th Grade – Year-long Art

Year-long Art provides seventh graders with a foundation in a variety of visual media, including drawing, computer art, digital photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Emphasis is placed on rendering with pencil, charcoal, pastel, and pen. Students learn to apply the elements and principles of design to create interesting and original artworks. Entry into the course requires approval from the Visual Arts Department based on a portfolio review conducted during the spring of sixth grade.

8th Grade – 2-Dimensional Art

This course provides eighth graders with exposure to an array of flat and relief forms of expression, including charcoal/pastel drawing, acrylic painting, collage assemblage, and relief production. While perspective is a principal focus, the course also addresses abstract, still-life, and figurative composition.

8th Grade – 3-Dimensional Art

This course allows eighth graders to explore the multiple dimensions of art. Students develop and construct environmental and object sculpture with attention to space and scale. The course addresses abstract and figurative composition and delves into the business side of art by learning about art production and sales as part of a 3D ring design project. Students design and craft rings, work within a budget, make schematics, study different types of materials, and create a ring on a 3D printer. Students photograph, present, and market their design to galleries, gaining practical knowledge as well as expanding on their creativity.

8th Grade – Photography & Video

Students in this course create original art using the digital camera and computer, and they review and analyze technology and its impact in cinema. Students create photos and video using the latest digital tools and software. Through analyzing fantasy and animation cinema, they learn about computer-generated images, special effects, and the primary types of personnel involved with cinematic production.

8th Grade – Art Combination

Art Combination introduces students to the basics of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. The course focuses on the fundamentals of hand-drawing, computer-drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. It includes a review of cinema and photography within the art profession, and all class work is reviewed with formal class critiques.

8th Grade – Advanced Art

Advanced Art offers students in-depth experience with a wide array of visual arts, including drawing, painting, computer art, digital photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Students learn hands-on production and the philosophy and business of art. Emphasis is placed on understanding conceptual development as well as product development processes. All class work is reviewed with formal class critiques, and entry into this class is based on review of a student’s portfolio by the Visual Arts Department during the final term of seventh grade.
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