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., Art Education, University of Georgia
M.S.Ed., Georgia State University

Other Information

Employed Since
1978
Class Of
1974

Course Descriptions

7th Grade – Introductory Art

Art Introduction is designed to expose students to digital photography, ceramics, and drawing. Presentation of each of these media is from a beginning level and a prelude to more advanced studies. In addition, classes illuminate the “elements and principles of design” for the students. 
Required:  Digital Camera

7th Grade – Year-long Art

Year-Long Art lays the foundation for a variety of visual media. These include: drawing, computer art, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Special 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 Year-Long Art is based on approval by the Visual Arts Department of a student’s art portfolio; submissions are reviewed and conducted during spring of 6th grade. 
Required:  Digital Camera

8th Grade – Combination Art

Combination Art introduces the basics of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Two-dimensional focuses on the fundamentals of hand drawing and digital photography. Three-dimensional focuses on sculpture, ceramics, and 3D printing. Integrated into the course agenda is a review of the creation and production of art in the business world. All classwork is reviewed through formal class critiques. Entry into Combination Art is based on approval by the Visual Arts Department of a student’s art portfolio; submissions are reviewed and conducted during spring of 7th grade.
Required:  Digital Camera 

8th Grade – Advanced Art

Advanced Art encompasses an in-depth experience in a vast array of the visual arts. Among these are drawing, 3D printing, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Students are introduced not only to the hands-on production but the philosophy and business of art. With all projects, an understanding of conceptual development and product development processes are stressed. All classwork is reviewed through formal class critiques. Entry into Advanced Art is based on approval by the Visual Arts Department of a student’s art portfolio; submissions are reviewed and conducted during spring of 7th grade. 
Required:  Digital Camera

8th Grade - Ceramics

Ceramics provides a format for working with clay through hand-building techniques. Students learn and experience the use of various commercial glazes, glazing methods, and firing techniques. The course stresses an understanding of ceramic vocabulary, history, and styles.

8th Grade - Drawing/Painting

Drawing/Painting provides the student exposure to an array of flat and relief forms of expression. Among these are charcoal/pastel drawing, acrylic painting, collage assemblage, and relief production. While perspective is a principle focus, the course also addresses abstract, still-life, and figurative composition.

8th Grade - Jewelry

Jewelry incorporates traditional concepts of adornment using wire, metal, and found objects. In addition, 3-dimensional software and printing are introduced as avenues of design. As a beginning course, students will explore creations including rings, bracelets, brooches, necklaces, and earrings.
 

8th Grade - Sculpture

Sculpture offers the opportunity to explore the multiple-dimensions of art. Students develop and construct environmental and object sculpture with attention to the generation of concepts and interpretation of space and scale. The course addresses both abstract composition and figurative composition.