05188 Visual Arts (Grade 8)

Fine ArtsMiddle School (6–8)

This course gives students an opportunity to explore the arts through the application of skill and media development while considering perspectives of artists and careers in the arts. Students will develop critical thinking skills as they embark on their own journey of engaging with 2D and 3D media. As students expand their own creativity and connect their art to the basic elements and principles of design, they will also develop a better understanding of art history, art careers, and the role played by artists within local and global communities.

This course aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning for Visual Arts.



Course Texts and Materials


  • 8.5″ x 11″ or 9″ x 12″ sketchbook (100+ pages) or mixed media sketchbook
  • Pencils (not mechanical) and erasers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 2 black Sharpie markers (1 broad and 1 fine-point)
  • Black ink pens
  • Colored pencils
  • Ruler
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Washable markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Access to a digital camera or webcam
  • Ability to create videos and presentations
  • Plastic disposable container for water
  • Napkins


The following materials are optional based on the student’s choice assignments:

  • White gel pen
  • Magazines to cut from
  • Colored paper or construction paper
  • Colored pens
  • Pastels
  • Charcoal
  • Acrylic paints
  • Watercolor paper
  • Canvas
  • Recyclable materials saved for sculpture as needed
  • Other art supplies preferred by the student


Important Considerations for the Content of This Course’s Instructional Materials

Terms Offered

  • Full Year


  • 1 Credit