DIGITAL ART, MEDIA & CITIZENSHIP
Middle School Students and the Grade 8 Benchmark:
By adolescence, youngsters have developed powerful new thoughts and feelings that
challenge established world-views. As experiences become increasingly conflicting
and diverse, so art making becomes a safe arena for experimenting in the construction
of new relationships between inner and outer realities. Painting, drawing, collage,
printmaking, and art appreciation become important vehicles for testing ideas, making
judgments, forming values and exercising curiosity. In particular, the exploration of
new and different ideas about the representation of three-dimensional space helps
youngsters express new points of view about themselves and their worlds.
Students will create a digital composition
• confident use of a graphic
• synthesis of technology and
Principles of Design
• ability to navigate through the
interface of a desktop publishing
• creative layout: size, shape,
location, and resolution (dpi)
• intentional selection of font, font
size, and color
• purposeful arrangement of text
• effective use of a digital camera
Five Strands of Arts Learning
1. 8th Grade: Art Making
Through close observation and sustained investigation, students develop individual and global perspectives on art; utilize the principles of art; solve design problems; and explore perspective, scale, and point of view.
Project: Students will create a PSA on Cyberbullying using iMovie. PSA will be added to the ePortfolio.
2. 8th Grade: Developing Art Literacy
observation skills and
discuss works of art;
develop visual arts
vocabulary to describe
art making, the tools
and techniques used
to produce art, and the
elements and principles
of design; read and write
about art to reinforce
literacy skills; interpret
artwork by providing
evidence to support
assertions; reflect on the
process of making art.
Pre and Post evaluation and Assignments: Everfi Ignition for Digital Literacy and Common Sense Media
Project: Use Google Slides to create a Key Words and Digital/Technology Terms Slideshow. Presentation will be added to the ePortfolio.
3. 8th Grade: Making Connections Through Visual Arts
Benchmark: Students recognize the
societal, cultural, and
historical significance of
art; connect the visual
arts to other disciplines;
apply the skills and
knowledge learned in
visual arts to interpreting
Project: ePortfolio using Google Sites/Blogger. Students will take control of their Digital Reputation and Footprint
4. 8th Grade: Community and Cultural Resources
Benchmark: By working with a variety
of school staff, students
access primary resources
in the community, the
borough, and the city
to extend their learning
beyond the classroom.
Project: Students will photograph class trips using digital camera and https://pixlr.com/editor/ Photos will be added to the ePortfolio
5. 8th Grade: Exploring Careers and Lifelong Learning
Benchmark: Students gain an awareness
of careers in visual arts;
recognize personal, social and
professional goals; develop
a career plan; learn to work
independently and in teams;
gain an appreciation of art
as a source of enjoyment and
Project: Students will create a Resume using Google Docs to show the skills they learned this year. The resume will be added to their ePortfolio
*Necessary Prerequisite Skills (listed from simple to complex)
As students progress through the grades, they should demonstrate the ability to:
1 - Create and save a new doc.
2 - Open, use, and save as new file.
3 - Create multiple versions of files in a variety of file formats (JPEG, GIF, TIFF, EPS, etc.).
4 - Upload a JPEG or an image file.
5 - Open, use, and save a created file.
6 - Navigate through an appropriate software program.
7 - Import images into a digital format from a scanner, digital camera, or public domain.
aperture- The size of the lens opening through which light passes.
bit- A binary digit which is the smallest unit of digital information.
burning- Darkening an area of an image.
clip art.- Readymade pieces of computerized graphic art that can be
used to decorate a document.
CMYK- A “subtractive” color scheme used for printing. Colors (Cyan,
Magenta, Yellow, and Black, also represented as “‘K”) are subtracted
from one another to create Red, Green, and Blue.
depth of field-The distance between the nearest and farthest objects
that provides for a sharp image.
dpi-The resolution of a computer image is measured in dots per inch.
dodging- Lightening an area of an image.
file-A set of related records in a database.
filter- An effect that can be applied to an image using a graphics program.
flash card- A digital storage mechanism.
font- A specific style and size of typeface.hard drive. A data storage device used for storing and retrieving
JPEG- (Joint Photographic Experts Group). A file compression
program that reduces files size.
LCD (Liquid crystal display)- The flat screen used to preview a
photograph already taken.
layers- A way of drawing over or underneath an existing digital image.
memory card- An electronic data storage device for storing digital
merge- To combine two files.
operating system-A computer program that controls a computer by
directing information to and from different components.
pixels- The smallest square dots that create a digital image.
RGB- An “additive” color scheme found in digital projections and
computer monitors. Colors (Red, Green, and Blue) are added to each
other to create Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black.
resolution- The number of horizontal and vertical pixels per square
inch determine fine detail in an image.
shutter-A mechanism that opens and closes to control how much
light reaches the film.
software.-Programs that allow tasks to become accomplished.
TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)-Format used for saving scans,
photographs, illustrations, and logos.
USB (Universal Serial Bus)- A connector cable between computer
peripherals and a computer.
Digital Media Supplies
- SMART Board or a Promethean Board
- Large format printer for posters
- Computer and monitor
- Color laser printer and/or color Inkjet printer
- Laser printing paper
- Color flatbed scanner
- Digital still camera and additional memory card
- LCD projector
- Software – Adobe Creative Suite
- Surge protector
- Lockdown devices for computer and printer
- Secure locked storage
Indicators of a Healthy Arts Program
Middle or Junior High School (Grades 7–8):
Every student has a range of opportunities in the arts that
will allow for deeper study in selected disciplines.
are to make choices about their artistic pursuits, assisted by
parents and teachers.
Students are continuing to experiment
and think as artists as they delve deeper into a particular
Students accrue one credit (half-unit) in each of any two art
forms, dance, music, theater, or visual arts.
To carry credit,
courses are taught by licensed arts teachers.
Students have the opportunity to develop art portfolios for
application to arts-focused high schools.
Webography (A bibliography published on the Internet)